A 19-year-old Algonquin man became the first person of 2020 to be charged with a felony in McHenry County, netting drug charges including possession of marijuana.
James T. Conti, of the 400 block of Clover Lane, is accused of possessing marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy and prescription pills. He is charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.
Conti is due in court on Tuesday on this series of felony drug charges.
According to a criminal complaint filed with the McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s Office, McHenry County sheriff’s deputies seized $2,080 worth of drugs from Conti on Tuesday evening. Officers recovered a total of 3 grams of cocaine, 67 Clonazepam pills, five Adderall pills, 50 grams of marijuana and 0.2 grams of MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy, court records show.
Although possession of less than
10 grams of marijuana hasn’t been a crime in Illinois since 2016, possessing 30 grams or more was still punishable as a felony. After the state’s updated marijuana laws took effect on Wednesday, residents legally may possess as much as 30 grams of the substance. Anyone convicted of possessing between 30 to 500 grams of marijuana also has the option to petition to have their case expunged.
The most serious charge against Conti, however, doesn’t concern marijuana. Rather, it stems from the cocaine that deputies said they seized from the man about 6 p.m. Tuesday. Possession with intent to deliver cocaine typically is punishable by four to 15 years in prison.
Conti was released from the McHenry County Jail on Thursday morning after posting $7,500 bail.
The man’s attorney, Sycamore-based Kurt Gustafson, declined to comment while the case is ongoing.
At the time of Conti’s arrest, he was serving probation in connection with a separate Feb. 20 drug charge. McHenry County sheriff’s deputies accused Conti of attempting to get through security at the McHenry County Courthouse with Ecstasy and Xanax in his sock.
In June, Conti was sentenced to a specific kind of probation that typically is reserved for first-time felony drug offenders. He also was required to receive drug and alcohol treatment and perform 30 hours of public service work, records show.