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4 Fox River Grove men face charges after bust turns up marijuana, Ecstasy, pills, cocaine

WOODSTOCK – Police arrested two Fox River Grove men and issued warrants for two others after an investigation yielded more than $17,000 worth of drugs, officials said.

Austin Strong, 21, and Kosma Harasimowicz, 21, both of the 500 block of Opatrny Drive, were arrested Wednesday in connection with a monthlong investigation that began after the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office received several complaints from local high school resource officers about drug activity at the home, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

A SWAT team searched the home Wednesday. Inside, police found about a pound and a half of marijuana, 354 Xanax pills, 51 Ecstasy pills, six hydrocodone pills, three Valium pills and 1 gram of cocaine, police said.

Officers also confiscated drug paraphernalia, four digital scales and $2,323 in cash. The estimated street value of the drugs was $17,470, according to the news release.

Strong and Harasimowicz each are charged with delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Harasimowicz faces additional charges of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and delivery of a controlled substance, court documents show.

He must post $10,000 bail to be released from the McHenry County Jail, where he remained Thursday afternoon. Strong must post $1,500.

Throughout the course of the sheriff’s office’s investigation, police said Harasimowicz delivered Xanax while he was within 1,000 feet of Fox River Grove Middle School, according to the release. He also is charged with delivering between 1 and 4 pounds of marijuana, and having three Valium pills and drug paraphernalia with him, court records show.

Representatives from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office were not available to comment on details of the case. Records show that the men’s home is within 1,000 feet of the school.

The most serious charges against Harasimowicz, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park and delivery of marijuana, each typically are punishable by three to seven years in prison. He is scheduled to return to court Nov. 16.

If Strong is convicted of either unlawful delivery of marijuana or unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, he could be sentenced to one to three years in prison. He is due in court Tuesday.

In addition to the two arrests, the sheriff’s office issued warrants for Javier G. Nunez-Garcia, 21, and David J. Fidowicz, 20, both of Fox River Grove.

Each man is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Additional charges against Fidowicz include delivery and possession of marijuana, while Nunez-Garcia also is charged with delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, according to the release.

Police have asked that anyone with information about the investigation contact McHenry County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-762-7867, the sheriff’s office’s tip line at 815-338-2144 or the tip line email address – TipLine@co.mchenry.il.us.

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