Crime & Courts

Bull Valley woman facing drug trafficking charges released on bond after judge says funds are legitimate

WOODSTOCK – A Bull Valley woman facing drug trafficking charges was released on bond Friday after a judge determined the funds a family member intended to use were appropriate.

Jamie M. Lee, 26, appeared with her defense lawyer, Alfred Stavros, Friday for a hearing to determine if the funds her aunt intended to post on Lee’s behalf were from a legitimate source.

Lee and her fiance, David A. Soskin, face charges of marijuana trafficking, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana. Both face a minimum of 12 years in prison, if convicted. Lee’s bond was set at $250,000.

When Lee and Soskin were arrested, a judge ordered that if either person came up with bond they would have to prove where it came from. Funds tied to drug trafficking or other criminal or illegal sources cannot be used to post bond.

Lee’s aunt, Marcia Maurice, testified that she has been employed with the same company for more than 30 years and makes about $70,000 a year.

Maurice said she withdrew $25,000 from her bank account to “get (her) niece released today.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Randi Freese asked Maurice if Lee had ever given her any money or had access to her bank account. Maurice said she hadn’t. Maurice said she plans to have Lee pay her back but was unaware bond money could be used to pay any fines imposed on Lee if she were to be convicted.

Judge Sharon Prather said the funds could be used to post bond. Lee was released from jail shortly before 1 p.m. Friday.

Lee and Soskin were arrested after the conclusion of a monthslong investigation that picked up speed 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 they 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, records show.

Soskin faces additional weapons charges because he was previously convicted of illegally possessing and selling stolen firearms. He was sentenced in 1998 to 20 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing about 150 firearms from a Bensenville gun store owned by his father.

Lee next will appear in court Aug. 4.

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