Crime & Courts

Parolee arrested in Crystal Lake with crack cocaine

Nicholas J. House, 30 of Chicago, was charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver controlled substance, unlawful possession of controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Nicholas J. House, 30 of Chicago, was charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver controlled substance, unlawful possession of controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

CRYSTAL LAKE – A parolee was arrested Tuesday in Crystal Lake after being found in possession of 58 grams of crack cocaine, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Nicholas J. House, 30, of Chicago, was charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Deputies assigned to the Intelligence Led Policing Unit on Tuesday made contact with House after observing suspicious activity near 5755 Route 14 in Crystal Lake, a news release said.

After House – who is on parole for drug-related charges – was found with 1.5 grams of marijuana on his person, a Crystal Lake police K-9 officer arrived and indicated narcotics in House’s vehicle.

A search of the vehicle revealed 58 grams of crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of $5,800, the release said. While cases of crack cocaine occur in the area from time to time, Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said it is “pretty infrequent.”

In this particular case, Zinke said preliminary observations could suggest the drugs were going to be sold.

“The amount of crack cocaine and the materials he had would be indicative of a person that might be selling,” Zinke said. “Whether he was going to be selling in this area or somewhere else, I couldn’t comment.”

House, who was in custody at the McHenry County Jail as of Thursday afternoon, is expected in court at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Bond is set at $200,000.

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