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.