A Carpentersville heroin dealer is headed to prison for possessing more than 1 kilogram of heroin that he planned to deliver.
Mario Betancourt, 38, agreed on May 9, 2019, to a sentence of 16 years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to the offense of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, Class X felony.
Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler, Jr., accepted the plea.
Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly M. Orland stated in court that, on March 22, 2017, Carpentersville police officers working cooperatively with agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration obtained permission to search Betancourt’s residence in the 2100 block of Morningside Circle, Carpentersville.
Inside the residence, they found more than 1,200 grams of heroin and more than $10,000 in cash. Betancourt admitted to police that the heroin, which had an approximate resale value of $120,000, was his.
According to Illinois law, Betancourt must serve at least 75 percent of the sentence. He was given credit for 779 days served in the Kane County jail.
Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said the conviction is one part of the fight against heroin and opioid crime.
“More than 130 people have died in Kane County from opioid overdoses the last two years,” he said. “We will continue to work with law enforcement to remove these and other dangerous drugs from our communities. My thanks to Carpentersville Chief of Police Michael Kilborne and his team, to the DEA and to ASA Orland for their work in this case.”