Crime & Courts

McHenry County narcotics task force seizes marijuana, car, $830 cash

WOODSTOCK – A narcotics task force with resources from five law enforcement agencies in McHenry County seized marijuana, a car and $830 in cash from a Lake in the Hills man and a Crystal Lake woman accused of dealing about 2 ounces of the drug.

Dylan G. Moore, a 21-year-old restaurant worker, was charged
Sept. 21 with delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with incidents in May and June.

Brynn E. Schendl, 20, of Crystal Lake was charged Sept. 19, with delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with a single incident in June, according to court records.

Both could face two to five years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, delivery of marijuana.

The North Central Narcotics Task Force said Moore delivered about 2 ounces of marijuana to another person in McHenry County on May 22 and June 9, according to a criminal complaint filed Sept. 21 in McHenry County.

Court records show that the task force also took an electronic scale with suspected marijuana residue, a black metal grinder with suspected marijuana residue and other items of paraphernalia associated with selling marijuana.

Schendl was charged with nearly identical crimes for the same amount of marijuana as Moore for delivering marijuana June 9, according to a criminal complaint filed Sept. 19 in McHenry County.

The North Central Narcotics Task Force did not return a phone call seeking additional information about the case. Court records said the task force arrested Schendl and Moore on June 9; however, the criminal complaints were filed last week.

Moore posted 10 percent of his $20,000 bond to be released Sept. 21. Schendl posted 10 percent of her $20,000 bond and was released the same day, according to jail records.

McHenry County prosecutors began the civil forfeiture process to seize $830 from Moore and a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze from Schendl on June 14.

Investigator Michael McCleary served Moore’s mother with paperwork regarding the civil forfeiture case, and billed $47.65 for the work, according to court records. McCleary served Schendl with paperwork at the same time, billing $45.65.

Moore’s forfeiture case was continued several times because no one showed up to contest the seizure. A judge ordered Aug. 28 that the $830 be forfeited to the state because the seizure was uncontested. That was nearly a month before a criminal complaint was filed against Moore.

Schendl’s forfeiture case, involving the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, remains pending, court records show.

Schendl’s attorney, Steven McArdle, declined to comment on the pending case, saying he had yet to review key documents in the case, including police reports.

Grant Tucker, the assistant public defender representing Moore, also declined to comment so early in the case. He said he represents Moore only on the criminal charge, not the civil forfeiture of $830.

Robert Ladd, the assistant state’s attorney who filed the civil forfeiture cases involving the cash and the car, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

The North Central Narcotics Task Force investigates “illicit drug trafficking and distribution, gang activity and weapon offenses within Kane County, McHenry County and DeKalb County,” according to its website.

Member law enforcement agencies – three sheriff’s offices and more than 50 municipal police departments – support the task force by assigning a full-time officer to the task force.

It also uses patrol services, investigators, K-9 officers and tactical teams from member agencies and get support from the state’s attorney’s office for each county, according to its website.

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