Crime & Courts

Man accused of possessing 35 pounds of cocaine accepts plea deal

Ivan Moreno-Gollegos, 20, of Carpentersville
Ivan Moreno-Gollegos, 20, of Carpentersville

A Carpentersville man was sentenced to prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to possessing 35 pounds of cocaine.

Ivan Moreno-Gollegos, 20, accepted an offer from the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office and pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver cocaine. In turn, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison as a condition of the negotiated plea, according to a news release.

Moreno-Gollegos' arrest was the result of a month-long investigation into a local narcotics network, police said at the time. On Sept. 20, 2018, officers stopped Moreno-Gollegos on Route 31 between Lake in the Hills and Algonquin, according to a news release the state's attorney's office sent Monday. At that, police determined that Moreno-Gollegos was assisting with the transport and sale of cocaine, according to the release.

With the help of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was executed at a warehouse in the 9100 block of Trinity Drive in Lake in the Hills.

The investigation, headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Kane County Heroin Initiative Task Force, led to the seizure of about 35 pounds of suspected cocaine.

At that time, it was confirmed that he was assisting with the transport and sale of 16 kilograms of cocaine.

Another man, Juan C. Sanchez-Cacho, also was arrested and charged in connection with the alleged drug network. Sanchez-Cacho's case is ongoing. He's due back in court Wednesday.

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