An investigation by Kane County Sheriff’s Office detectives and United States postal inspectors has uncovered what authorities say is a mail-in drug trafficking operation.
According to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release, sheriff’s detectives and postal inspectors conducted an Oct. 28 investigation into narcotics being trafficked through the mail.
Law enforcers determined during the investigation that Dante Howse, 28, of Hoffman Estates had taken possession of a suspicious package. Detectives stopped Howse’s vehicle in the area of Dundee Avenue and Seneca Avenue in Elgin.
During the course of the stop, probable cause was gained, and a search of the vehicle yielded 2 pounds of M-30 OxyContin pills and more than a kilogram of AD-30 “Adderall” pills, the news release said.
Sheriff’s officials said the pills were manufactured on the black market and not by a legitimate pharmaceutical company.
The M-30 pills contained Fentanyl, and the AD-30 pills contained methamphetamine.
Howse was arrested at the scene and charged with the following Class X felonies:
- Controlled Substance Trafficking
- Methamphetamine Trafficking
- Possession with the Intent to Deliver more than 900 grams of Fentanyl
- Possession with the Intent to Deliver more than 900 grams of Methamphetamine
- Possession of more than 900 grams of Methamphetamine.
Charges against Howse are not proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: kane County Sheriff’s Office news release