HARVARD – Over the course of a year, police staked out KB’s Bar and Grill in Harvard.
Undercover officers bought cocaine at least eight times, watched other transactions and sometimes saw the drug money put into the cash register or behind the bar, according to court documents.
The investigation resulted in warrants for eight Harvard residents, six of whom were arrested Friday, and the confiscation of 65 grams of cocaine, two codeine pills and $1,647 in cash, according to a news release.
McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren estimates the street value of the seized narcotics at $6,500, according to the release.
All eight people have been charged with at least one count of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class X felony.
KB’s Bar and Grill, 71 N. Ayer St., Harvard, is near Central Elementary School.
Bar owner Kelly N. Bush, 36, of 714 Casey Lane, was charged with one count, and her bond was set $100,000.
Roger Gonzalez, 47, of 102 Church St., 1C, and Kelli N. Figueroa, 31, of 506 N. Second St., were each charged with four counts. Both had their bonds set at $150,000.
Nicholas M. Stegg, 22, of 310 1/2 N. Hart St., and Aaron A. Brennecka, 22, of 804 N. Metzen St. – both documented street gang members, McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said – also have been charged, Stegg with two counts and Brennecka with one count. Both had their bond set at $150,000.
In addition to the Class X felony charge, Juan Oros, 20, of 16104 McGuire Road, was charged with one count of Class 1 felony delivery of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $100,000.
Police are still on the lookout for Antonio M. Figueroa, 31, of 506 Second St., for a count of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and William Gonzalez, 38, of 102 Church St., for delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.
Figueroa has been added to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office top 10 most wanted list.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office at 815-338-2144 or CrimeStoppers at 800-762-7867.
The Harvard Police Department has seized the liquor license of KB’s Bar and Grill pending a hearing, the release said.
Zinke declined to say whether all individuals charged were direct employees of KB’s Bar and Grill.
“They’re all affiliated with that area and that bar, and locally owned establishments in the area,” he said. “They move from one location to other locations.”
No other establishments are involved in the case at this time, he added.
The yearlong investigation involved the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit, the Harvard Police Department, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Marshal Service Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force.