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Lakemoor police seize heroin, counterfeit cash from Wauconda man's car

Yevgeniy Smolyar, 45, of the 500 block of Clearview Drive, Wauconda
Yevgeniy Smolyar, 45, of the 500 block of Clearview Drive, Wauconda

LAKEMOOR – A 45-year-old Wauconda man remained at the McHenry County Jail on Wednesday after police said they found him with heroin, needles, prescription pills and more than $700 in counterfeit cash.

Yevgeniy Smolyar, of the 500 block of Clearview Drive, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of prescription forms, forgery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He also was cited for driving under the influence, operating an uninsured vehicle and improper lane use, complaints filed in McHenry County court show.

If Smolyar is convicted of the most serious charge, forgery, he could face a two- to five-year prison sentence, charging documents show.

Police were tipped off Tuesday when a driver called to have officers check on a person they believed was driving under the influence, Lakemoor Deputy Police Chief George Manis said Wednesday.

Officers stopped the suspected car near Lakeview Drive and Route 120 and spoke with the driver, Smolyar, who failed a field sobriety test, Manis said.

Officers found 45 Xanax pills in an unmarked bottle, methadone patches, an undetermined amount of heroin and 24 hypodermic needles in Smolyar’s possession, according to charging documents.

Police also found $720 in counterfeit money, Manis said.

Smolyar remained at the McHenry County Jail on Wednesday on a $25,000 bond. He must post $2,500 bail to be released.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 14.

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