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Four Involved in Drug Trafficking in DuPage County

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Timothy N. Morris, 29, was found guilty of calculated criminal drug conspiracy and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on October 1. The crime is a Class X felony which carries mandatory sentences of 6 to 30 years in prison upon conviction. The Naperville Sun reports that Morris has to serve at least 75 percent of his term in prison and pay about $2000 dollars in fines and court costs. Furthermore, he will be supervised for three years after completing his time in prison.

Morris was part of a narcotics ring that operated last year in the Naperville-Aurora area and Chicago.  The Naperville Police Department’s Special Operations Group arrested three other suspects in connection with the drug ring: Ian E. Lona, Gilda L. Ruales, and Teresa I. Sanchez. They were arrested on October 6, 2011, in Naperville and Morris was arrested 14 hours earlier on Chicago’s west side.

Police started investigating the actions of the group after Ruales had been arrested for selling cocaine in Aurora. Later, police found out that Ruales and Sanchez were dealing drugs in Naperville and Aurora. Following this lead, undercover police agents purchased cocaine and hundreds of ecstasy pills from the members of the ring.

Ruales faces trial on four Class X felony counts later this year. Lona and Sanchez have already been sentenced to six years in prison for manufacture or delivery of 200 but less than 600 ecstasy pills.

Drug crimes, even possession of small amounts of narcotics, may result in harsh penalties. If you have been charged with a drug crime, be it a misdemeanor or felony, it is important to seek the help of a knowledgeable Illinois defense attorney. Contact an experienced drug crimes defense lawyer in Illinois today.

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