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Crystal Lake heroin dealer sentenced to prison

Paul Benzinger, 30, of Crystal Lake

A Crystal Lake man was sentenced to four and a half years in prison after police caught him with 36 bags of heroin during a traffic stop last year.

Paul Benzinger, 30, of Crystal Lake, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to deliver (1-15 grams), a class 1 felony, on Monday, McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick D. Kenneally said.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office pulled Benzinger over and discovered 3.6 grams of heroin in 36 packaged bags during a traffic stop in Crystal Lake last May.

Benzinger, who had just been previously released from prison, received the four and a half year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections following a plea deal in front of Judge James Cowlin.

Court records show that Benzinger was buying heroin in Chicago and bringing it back to McHenry County to sell.

The case was investigated by members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Robert Ladd of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Sam Borcia

Senior News Editor at Lake & McHenry County Scanner
Sam has been with Lake and McHenry County Scanner since 2012 as a senior news editor helping cover breaking news for Lake County and McHenry County. He also regularly contributes photographs of news scenes for the Lake County area.
Sam Borcia

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