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Algonquin tobacco shop owner caught selling synthetic cannabis

Police seized more than $65,000 worth of synthetic cannabis Wednesday as part of a three-month investigation into illegal drug sales at an Algonquin tobacco shop, according to the North Central Narcotics Task Force.

John Monteleone, 45, of Elgin, was charged Wednesday with three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance after task force agents and members of the Algonquin Police Department executed a search warrant at King Puff-N-Stuff, located at 1409 Commerce Drive, Algonquin.

Agents had previously made undercover purchases of synthetic cannabis at the tobacco shop and received a lab report from the Illinois State Police forensics lab showing it was a banned controlled substance, according to a news release. Investigators later seized 168 packages of synthetic cannabis and approximately $1,107 in cash from the store.

Investigators were later given permission to search Monteleone’s home by his wife.

An additional 3,582 packages of the same synthetic cannabis was found during that search, the news release states. That also included $1,700 in cash and nearly 125 grams of suspected cannabis.

“The illicit synthetic cannabinoid market has been increasing dramatically over the last few years,” North Central Narcotics Task Force Director Bill Backus said. “The sale and distribution of synthetic cannabinoid have caused significant tragedy to the citizens of both Kane and McHenry counties in the past.”

The synthetic cannabis was valued at $65,000.

The investigation is ongoing.

Additional charges are expected after the case is reviewed by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

The task force is a multi-agency unit that investigates drug, gun and gang crime in Kane and McHenry counties.     

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