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Island Lake man gets probation for growing peyote

Published: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 12:39 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 12:40 a.m. CDT
Anthony Vangelista

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County judge sentenced an Island Lake man to one year of probation after he admitted to manufacturing peyote.

Anthony Vangelista pleaded guilty to an amended charge of unlawfully manufacturing a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. The felony charge is punishable by up to five years in prison. Judge Sharon Prather accepted the plea agreement.

In addition to probation, Vangelista was ordered to pay a $750 fine and complete drug counseling as recommended.

Vangelista was arrested and charged in 2014 with manufacturing a controlled substance, a Class X felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony, after sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at his residence and found peyote plants, multiple bags of heroin, drug paraphernalia, a firearm and ammunition.

The street value of the estimated 228 grams of seized peyote was about $1,000, the sheriff’s office has said.

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