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Couple indicted in selling synthetic marijuana through Algonquin tobacco shop

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 6:03 p.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – An Elgin man charged last month in connection with selling synthetic marijuana through his Algonquin tobacco shop now faces more serious charges after he was indicted by a statewide grand jury Thursday.

A multi-jurisdictional investigation also brought about charges for the man's wife.

John G. Monteleone, 45, and Tracy L. Monteleone, 43, both of the 100 block of Brookside Drive, Elgin, each faces charges from a three-month investigation by the North Central Narcotics Task Force and the Algonquin Police Department.

On Sept. 25, the agencies executed a search warrant at John Monteleone's business – King Puff-N-Stuff, 1409 Commerce Drive, Algonquin, according to a news release by the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

Police seized close to 200 grams of an analog of a synthetic cannabinoid commonly referred to as "spice." During a search at the couple's Elgin residence, police found an additional 3,200 grams of the substance, the release said.

Tracy Monteleone had not been charged, and John Monteleone hadn't previously been facing the most serious charge – possession of more than 200 grams of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony – before Thursday's indictment.

Both now could be sentenced to between six and 30 years in state prison if convicted of the most serious charges, according to the release.

In all, John Monteleone now faces charges of possession of more than 200 grams of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony; possession of more than 200 grams of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony; possession of between 50 and 200 grams of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class 1 felony; three counts of delivery of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony; possession of less than 200 grams of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor, the release said.

Tracy Monteleone is charged with possession of more than 200 grams of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, and possession of more than 200 grams of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony, the release said.

John Monteleone, who had been released after previously posting $8,000 bond, now faces a $500,000 bond.

Tracy Monteleone's bond was set at $25,000. She posted $2,500 and was released.

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