A Chicago man has been sentenced to prison for possessing heroin and marijuana he planned to sell in Minnesota.
Armeer M. Asad, 27, of the 2200 block of East 98th Street, Chicago, was sentenced Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, by Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler, Jr., to 71⁄2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Asad was convicted June 23, 2016, by Judge Tegeler of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, and unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a Class 2 felony. Asad waived his right to a jury trial.
Kane County prosecutors presented evidence that on Nov. 17, 2015, Asad was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling west on Interstate 90 when it was stopped for a traffic violation. The trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and inside the trunk found 99 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $10,000, about 900 grams of marijuana with an estimated street value of between $4,000 and $8,000, and items generally associated with drug dealing.
At the time of the stop Asad was on probation for a felony drug offense in St. Louis County, Minn., was wanted on a warrant on heroin delivery charges out of St. Louis County, Minn., and was free on bond on an aggravated fleeing and eluding charge in Cook County, Ill. Authorities believe Asad was headed back to that part of northern Minnesota to sell the drugs.
According to Illinois law, Asad is eligible for day-for-day credit. He was given credit for 32 days served in the Kane County jail.
The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Andrew Whitfield and Kelly M. Orland, and investigated by the Illinois State Police.
“Mr. Asad is a known drug dealer who chose to flaunt the law and continue to peddle his poison around the Midwest. He belongs in prison,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.