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Sheriff’s deputies find almost 90 bags of heroin during traffic stop in McHenry

(from left to right): Dion MacMeekin, Stephanie Phillippi, and Christopher Cappello.
(from left to right): Dion MacMeekin, Stephanie Phillippi, and Christopher Cappello.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Police Narcotics Task Force arrested three people on drug-related charges, including one suspect who was caught with almost 90 bags of heroin.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said that an investigation began after they received multiple complaints of drug activity in the 3900 block of Main Street in McHenry. A further investigation resulted in traffic stops on vehicles coming from the area, authorities said.

Christopher Cappello, 32
Christopher Cappello, 32, of Lake Geneva

One stop led to the arrest of Christopher Cappello, 32, of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, who had 88 bags of heroin, 8 clonazepam pills and drug paraphernalia hidden in his vehicle.

He was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park (class X felony), unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (class 1 felony), and unlawful possession of a controlled substance (class 4 felony). Cappello is being held in jail without bond. His next court date is October 7.

Dion MacMeekin, 33, of McHenry
Dion MacMeekin, 33, of McHenry

Officials said that another traffic stop led to the arrest of Dion MacMeekin, 33, of McHenry, who had needles, heroin bags, cocaine bags and cash on him.

He is being charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (class 4 felony) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (class A misdemeanor). MacMeekin’s bond was set at $45,000. His next court date is on October 19.

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Stephanie Phillippi, 31, of Crystal Lake
Stephanie Phillippi, 31, of Crystal Lake

The passenger in MacMeekin’s vehicle, Stephanie Phillippi, 31, of Crystal Lake, was arrested for having 11 tramadol hydrochloride pills and 2 clonazepam pills on her. She is being charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (class 4 felony). Phillippi’s bond was set at $20,000. Her next court date is on October 25.

Authorities said that a search warrant was later served on an apartment in the 3900 block of Main Street in McHenry. Detectives recovered needles and empty residue baggies that matched the types of bags recovered from all the traffic stops.

In total, detectives recovered approximately 9 grams of heroin, 0.2 grams of cocaine, 10 clonazepam pills, 11 tramadol hydrochloride pills, multiple needles, multiple residue bags, packaging materials and $743 in cash. The total street value of the narcotics seized is approximately $1,200.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said that members of the community are encouraged to report suspected drug dealing and other suspicious activity to them at 815-338-2144 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers of McHenry at 800-762-7637 (STOP).


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