Crime & Courts

Lake in the Hills man accused of throwing drugs in lake takes plea deal

Gavin M. McDougall
Gavin M. McDougall

A Lake in the Hills man who police said tried to avoid being arrested by throwing drugs into a lake pleaded guilty Monday to possession of marijuana.

Gavin M. McDougall, 22, received a sentence of two years of conditional discharge after accepting a plea deal Monday for the felony charge. He faces as many as three years in prison.

McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather required that McDougall undergo a substance abuse evaluation, which would determine whether he has an addiction.

Sheriff’s officers arrested McDougall and his roommate at the time, 22-year-old Justin Reinier, in March on a series of drug charges. Officers were following up on numerous complaints of drug dealing happening at a home in the 100 block of Hilltop Drive, Lake in the Hills, police said at the time.

A search of the home revealed more than 6 ounces of marijuana, 169 Xanax pills, heroin and cocaine residue and drug paraphernalia, according to criminal complaints filed in McHenry County court.

The seized drugs were estimated to be worth about $7,000. McDougall was accused of throwing a jar with marijuana in it into a lake, the complaint stated.

Police arrested Reinier on separate charges June 15 for allegedly possessing less than 30 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia, according to a criminal complaint, which showed Reinier now lives in Woodstock.

Reinier’s case is ongoing, and he is expected back in court Friday. He remained at the county jail Monday afternoon.

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