Heroin

Brothers busted with 72 bags of heroin during Wauconda traffic stop, police say

James A. Valenzuela, 36, of Wauconda, charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony.
James A. Valenzuela, 36, of Wauconda, charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony.

WAUCONDA – A pair of brothers remain in Lake County Jail after police said they found more than 70 individually packaged bags of heroin on them during a traffic stop Wednesday.

Police had started an investigation into James A. Valenzuela, 36, of the 25000 block of Tamarack Drive, unincorporated Wauconda, after receiving a tip about possible drug activity occurring near his residence, according to a news release from Lake County Sheriff’s Detective Christopher Covelli.

When Lake County Gang Task Force members stopped the car Valenzuela was driving, they found 56 bags of heroin on him, the release said.

Valenzuela’s brother, Brian E. Crispin, 27, of the 500 block of North Maple Street, Prospect Heights, had 16 bags of heroin, police said.

Police said the way the heroin was packaged indicated that it was for sale.

Valenzuela was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony; and possession of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony.

He is currently being held in the Lake County Jail on $125,000 bail. He is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. March 15.

Crispin was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class 2 felony; and possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony.

He is in Lake County Jail on $10,000 bail. He is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. March 1.

If convicted of the most serious charge, Valenzuela faces between six and 30 years in prison. The most serious charge against Crispin typically carries between three to seven years in prison.

“We encourage the community to keep an open line of communication with us,” Sheriff Mark Curran said. “This investigation serves as a fine example of concerned citizens working with law enforcement to solve a problem in the community.”

The Wauconda Police Department, which assisted in the investigation, is the newest agency to join the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force.

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