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Lake Villa man charged with running ‘street pharmacy’, police chief says

Phillip J. Libenson
Phillip J. Libenson

A Lake Villa man is facing numerous felony charges after police seized over 3,000 prescription pills during a search warrant on Thursday.

Round Lake Park police officers and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit conducted a search warrant in the 37000 block of North Route 59 in Lake Villa on Thursday at 1 p.m.

Phillip J. Libenson, 44, of the above address, was taken into custody by police. Libenson was found to be in possession of Oxycodone, Ritalin, Temazepam, Buprenorphine, and Xanax, which added up to be over 3,000 pills, Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko said to the Lake County News Sun.

Libenson was charged with possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone in excess of 100 grams, possession with intent to deliver Ritalin in excess of 200 grams, possession with intent to deliver Buprenorphine, possession with intent to deliver Xanax, possession with intent to deliver Temazepam, possession with intent to deliver Tramadol, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

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“It appears that Libenson was running a drive-up and delivery street pharmacy,” Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko said.

“National recognition of the Opioid Epidemic is gaining momentum and treatment is a key component in the battle against addiction. We still need to remember that eliminating the street level suppliers by taking a bottom up approach plays a significant role in this process.”

Libenson is in custody and was scheduled to appear in bond court on Saturday.

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