Crime & Courts

Prosecutors file weapons charges against Bull Valley man accused of trafficking hundreds of pounds of marijuana

WOODSTOCK – Prosecutors filed felony weapons charges against a Bull Valley man accused of trafficking hundreds of pounds of marijuana across the country over an 18-month period.

David A. Soskin, 43, of 1001 Cherry Valley Road, appeared in court Monday with his lawyer, Edward Donahue, and pleaded not guilty to 15 drug and weapons charges including marijuana trafficking, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and possession of weapons by a felon. Soskin faces a minimum of 12 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

His fiancée, Jamie Lee, 26, also appeared in court Monday with a new defense lawyer, Alfred Stavros. The Donahue and Walsh firm previously represented her. Stavros told the court one of Lee’s family members was able to come up with 10 percent of Lee’s $250,000 bond.

Prosecutors requested a hearing Friday to ensure the money is from a legitimate source. Money tied to drug trafficking or other criminal or illegal sources cannot be used to post bond. Lee also is expected to be arraigned the same day.

Soskin was arrested May 19 and Lee, a co-defendant, was taken into custody five days later after the conclusion of a months-long investigation that ramped up with the arrest of a Loves Park man May 18 and the discovery of piles of marijuana the next day in the Bull Valley home the couple bought for $800,000 in December 2016.

Sheriff’s deputies searched the couple’s Bull Valley home May 19 and found about 350 pounds of marijuana in a locked closet in the master bedroom, according to court documents. The street value of the marijuana was estimated at about $3.2 million.

Police also found a .50-caliber machine gun, a Cobray M11 machine pistol with a suppressor, a shotgun and several boxes of ammunition at the mansion, records show. 

After the weapons were examined by state and federal officials, Soskin was charged with possessing a .50-caliber “Ma Deuce” machine gun, a Cobray M11 machine pistol, a 12-gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun, a .25-caliber Stevens Arms 860 bolt-action rifle, a .45-caliber Connecticut Valley Arms black powder rifle, a .380-caliber Smith & Wesson Bodyguard semi-automatic pistol, a .38-special H. Weihrauch Mellrichstadt revolver and a .45-caliber Derringer double-barrel break action pistol, as a previously convicted felon, according to the indictment.

Soskin was sentenced in 1998 to 20 months in federal prison for illegally possessing and selling stolen firearms. He pleaded guilty to stealing about 150 firearms from a Bensenville gun store owned by his father.

Soskin remained in McHenry County jail custody Monday afternoon in lieu of posting 10 percent of his $1 million bond. He will next appear in court Friday.

Prosecutors also have moved to seize the $800,000 mansion, cash, 18 TVs and a number of vehicles, including a firetruck.

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