A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 16 years in prison after police found him in possession of over 35 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop near Algonquin.
Ivan Moreno-Gollegos, 20, of the 2300 block of Arrow Street in Carpentersville, took a plea deal offered by prosecutors for a reduced charge of unlawful possession with intent to deliver between 15-100 grams of cocaine.
Moreno-Gollegos pleaded guilty on Monday in front of McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge. In exchange, prosecutors dropped his original charges of one count of unlawful possession with intent to deliver 900+ grams of cocaine and one count of possession of 900+ grams of cocaine.
Moreno-Gollegos was stopped by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office around 10:10 a.m. on September 20, 2018, on Route 31 north of Algonquin.
“At that time, it was confirmed that he was assisting with the transport and sale of sixteen kilograms of cocaine,” the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office said.
He must also pay $12,465 in court fees and fines in addition to his 16-year prison sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Court records show Juan C. Sanchez-Cacho, 43, of the 2300 block of Arrow Street in Carpentersville, was also charged in connection with the incident. His case remains open and he is scheduled to appear in court on March 18.
Moreno-Gollegos’ case was investigated by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by Brian Miller of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.