An Aurora drug dealer has been sentenced to prison for possessing large quantities of illegal narcotics and marijuana in his home, which was used as a distribution center for the drugs.
Gerardo Contreras-Gonzalez, 24, of the 500 block of North Lancaster Drive, Aurora, was sentenced late Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, by Associate Judge Linda Abrahamson to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Contreras-Gonzalez was convicted Sept. 13, 2016, by a Kane County jury of two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, each a Class X felony, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, and unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class A misdemeanor.
Kane County prosecutors presented evidence that on Aug. 4, 2014, agents from Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from the Aurora Police Department served a search warrant at Contreras-Gonzalez’s residence in the 500 block of North Lancaster Drive, Aurora.
The search of the residence revealed 803 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 603 grams of cocaine, 9,145 grams of marijuana, as well as a .45 caliber High Point semiautomatic handgun, a Taurus 9mm semiautomatic handgun, and a variety of supplies commonly associated with selling illegal drugs, such as a ledger, scales and packaging materials.
Authorities estimated the combined street value of the drugs to be between $550,000 and $1.3 million.
According to Illinois law, Contreras-Gonzalez must serve at least 75 percent of the sentence. He receives credit for 847 days served in the Kane County jail, where he has been held since his arrest.
“Drug dealers like Mr. Contreras-Gonzalez create a significant health and safety risk that leads to other crimes, both nuisance and violent. Drugs and illegal guns are a threat that demand the attention of our law-enforcement partners, and we thank Homeland Security Investigations and the Aurora Police Department for their collaborative effort against drug trafficking. Their combined efforts make our work of prosecuting dangerous drug dealers much more effective,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.