Crime & Courts

Defendants taking plea deals in Harvard drug ring

WOODSTOCK – One by one, the defendants in what authorities have called a drug ring run out of a Harvard bar are taking plea deals and being sent to the Department of Corrections.

The latest was Kelli N. Figueroa, 32, who took a plead guilty Thursday and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Authorities have said the group was selling cocaine out of KB's Bar and Grill at 71 N. Ayer St. The bar has since closed and re-opened under new ownership, city officials said.

Undercover officers bought cocaine at least eight times, watched other drug transactions, and sometimes saw the drug money put into the cash register or behind the bar, according to court documents.

Because the alleged drug transactions happened within 1,000 feet of St. Joseph's Catholic School, at 201 N. Division St., the group was charged with more serious Class X felonies, though those charges eventually were dropped for those who have plead.

The bar's former owner, Kelly N. Bush, 37, previously pleaded guilty to possessing less than one gram of cocaine and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Also previously sentenced was Aaron Brennecka, 23, to six years in prison; and Nicholas M. Stegg, 23, to 4 1/2 years.

Remaining defendants Roger Gonzalez, 48; Juan Oros, 21; and Antonio Figueroa, 32, all have pending court dates.

All of the defendants are from Harvard.

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