WOODSTOCK - A defendant in an alleged Harvard drug ring was allowed to post bond Thursday after the defense was able to prove that the bond money would not come from illegal drug sales.
Antonio M. Figueroa was one of eight people arrested recently for allegedly selling cocaine out of KB’s Bar and Grill in Harvard. Because the bar is within 1,000 feet of a school, all eight were charged with Class X felonies, which are punishable with between six and 30 years in prison.
Earlier this week the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office filed motions to inspect the source of each of the defendant’s bond money.
Two of Figueroa's former employers testified that they were loaning the defendant money to post bond. One, a construction company owner, agreed to loan $8,000, and the other, a fence building company owner, agreed to loan Figueroa $7,000. The two testified that the money came their businesses and was not related to Figueroa's alleged drug sales.
Judge Sharon Prather accepted the testimonies and also reduced Figueroa's bond from $150,000 to $120,000.
The arrests were part of a year-long investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff's Department where officers said they made at least eight cocaine buys from the individuals. During at least one of the buys, deputies purchased drugs from Figueroa while he was in his car with his child in the passenger seat, police said.
Assistant State's Attorney Randi Freese, who described the child as "under 10 years old," and said that should have been enough information to not lower Figueroa's bond.
"He's an extreme danger to the community," Freese said. "He's a danger to his own children."
Figueroa's next court date is Nov. 8.