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More details emerge in Cary-area drug arrests

Street value of seized narcotics totals more than $22,000, police say

Left to right: Andrew C. Ramsey, 18, of McHenry, Matthew M. Pawelko, 18, of Island Lake and James J. O’Hara, 19, of Cary, each face multiple drug charges following a cannabis bust in the Cary and Island Lake area.
Left to right: Andrew C. Ramsey, 18, of McHenry, Matthew M. Pawelko, 18, of Island Lake and James J. O’Hara, 19, of Cary, each face multiple drug charges following a cannabis bust in the Cary and Island Lake area.

WOODSTOCK – Three men from Cary, McHenry and Island Lake are facing multiple drug-related charges for allegedly selling marijuana in the Cary and Island Lake area, police said.

More arrests are expected to be made after the two-month investigation, the McHenry County Sheriff's Office said Friday morning in a news release.

Multiple complaints of drug activity in the area prompted the investigation, which resulted in three search warrants being executed on residences in those towns over a period of about three weeks, according to the news release.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force, made up of task force officers from Lake in the Hills and McHenry, and Cary and Island Lake police first arrested Island Lake resident Matthew Pawelko, 18, on Sept. 22 in the 3300 block of Southport Drive in Island Lake.

Police seized 50 grams of marijuana, one hit of LSD, one ecstasy pill, five Adderall pills, packaging material, drug scales, a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle and $258 while executing the search warrant.

On Wednesday afternoon, police arrested James O’Hara, 19, of Cary after executing a search warrant in the 100 block of Georgetown Drive in Cary. During the search, officers seized 120 grams of marijuana, four marijuana plants, packaging material, drug paraphernalia and $330.

Police arrested Andrew Ramsey, 18, of McHenry on Wednesday night after executing a search warrant in the 800 block of Wildrose Lane in Cary. Items seized included about 870 grams of marijuana, a drug scale, a list of illegal drug transactions, packaging material and $233.

The items' total street value is about $22,300.

The task force continues to investigate leads and expects more arrests will be made.

Pawelko posted $1,500 bail and was released. He is next due in court Nov. 2. If convicted of his most serious charge, delivery of marijuana, he could face two to five years in prison.

O'Hara remains in jail in lieu of $30,000 bond. He is next due in court Monday. If convicted of the same charge as Pawelko, he also could face two to five years in prison.

Ramsey remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. He is next due in court Monday. If convicted of his most serious charge, he could face three to seven years in prison.

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