WOODSTOCK – A Kane County sheriff’s deputy and wife of the former McHenry County undersheriff faces three felony drug possession charges.
Kimberly Zinke, 38, of Woodstock was indicted Thursday on three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. The charges allege that she illegally possessed three different medications – the indictments stem from an April 2015 search of the residence.
Although the charges were filed in McHenry County, the state’s attorney’s office has asked Lake County to prosecute the case because of Zinke’s local connections. Her husband, Andrew, was the former second in command under former Sheriff Keith Nygren and ran in 2014 to succeed him. He lost to Bill Prim in the Republican primary – McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi backed Prim, who won the election.
Bianchi’s office deferred comment Friday to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. Repeated attempts since Friday to contact Lake County officials for comment were not successful.
According to the indictments, Kimberly Zinke allegedly possessed modafinil, used to treat narcolepsy and excessive sleepiness; zolpidem, which is used as a sleep aid; and tapentadol, an opioid pain medication. The Illinois State Police handled the investigation.
Attorney Hank Sugden, who is representing Kimberly Zinke, called the charges political payback because his client backed the losing candidate in Kane County’s sheriff race. He said Kimberly Zinke has prescriptions for all three medications, and that investigators declined her offer to take both a blood test and a polygraph test.
“I think this is a really poorly done investigation,” Sugden said.
Judge Michael Caldwell set Kimberly Zinke’s bond at $10,000. A court hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday before Judge Sharon Prather.