Crime & Courts

Judge maintains bond for McHenry man accused of delivering Xanax in fatal overdose case

Jacob Reis, 22, of McHenry
Jacob Reis, 22, of McHenry

A McHenry man accused of delivering Xanax to a woman who later died of an overdose must present a substance abuse treatment plan in court before a judge will free him on bond.

McHenry County Judge James Cowlin said Wednesday that he fears 22-year-old Jacob Reis will overdose if Reis were released from the McHenry County Jail.

Reis, who is accused of delivering Xanax to a woman who later overdosed, was ordered to return to jail after testing positive for Xanax, heroin and marijuana Nov. 16.

His attorney, assistant public defender Eric Vogel, asked the judge to reduce Reis’ bond Wednesday, but Cowlin rejected the idea, noting that Reis has a “severe problem” with drugs.

“My biggest concern for Mr. Reis is whether or not he wants to stay alive,” Cowlin said.

Reis and another woman, 19-year-old Reanna Salas, each are charged with delivering Xanax to 19-year-old Rachel Ramirez on May 13. Reis found Ramirez unconscious May 14, according to a Cary Police Department report.

Salas is free on bond and due in court Dec. 3.

Prosecutors said they still are exploring the possibility of filing more serious charges against Reis, who remained at the county jail Friday afternoon on a $50,000 bond.

He would need to post $5,000 bail to be released.

If Reis posts bond on his own, he would be required to seek substance abuse treatment and submit weekly drug tests, Cowlin said.

“I’m really fearful if I put him out on the street, I’m going to receive a death certificate in a day or so,” Cowlin said.

In the meantime, Reis’ family has been speaking with treatment centers in the area, Vogel said in court.

Reis is due back in court Wednesday.

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