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Police seize $3,200 worth of heroin from Algonquin couple

Pair facing felony drug charges, child endangering misdemeanor

ALGONQUIN – An Algonquin couple face multiple felony drug charges after police said they seized more than $3,200 worth of heroin during a five-month investigation and search of their home.

Heather L. Vasil, 23, and Paul S. Benzinger, 28, of the 1000 block of Oak Lane, were arrested Friday when the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force served warrants at their residence, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said they saw several drug-related items inside the home and were granted a search warrant.

Police from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Crystal Lake Police Department, Algonquin Police Department and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force, which includes members of the Lake in the Hills Police Department, searched the home and found 7.6 grams of heroin, 1.3 grams of cannabis, $896 in cash and multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia throughout the house, according to the release.

Detectives had seized 8.5 grams of heroin from the couple during the investigation leading to the couple’s arrest, police said.

Officials would not comment on how police obtained the drugs.

Police said a 2-year-old child was removed from the home and turned over to a family member. Police contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

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Vasil and Benzinger have been charged with delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, a Class X felony. Their home is within 1,000 feet of Merrill Pioneer Park, 1250 Getzelman Terrace.

The couple also face a handful of drug possession charges, as well as a charge for endangering the life of a child.

Their roommate, Zachary D. Armijo, 25, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

The most serious charge against Vasil and Benzinger typically carries a sentence of six to 30 years in prison. If convicted of the most serious charge, Armijo could face between one and three years in prison.

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