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.

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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.