A judge sentenced a Crystal Lake man, who was already on parole, to more than six years in prison for selling fentanyl to another person last July.
Paul S. Benzinger, 33, of Crystal Lake, pleaded guilty to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance on Tuesday.
Benzinger was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.
According to court documents, officers were conducting surveillance at Benzinger’s home in Crystal Lake on July 21, 2020.
During the surveillance, officers observed Benzinger make a hand-to-hand drug transaction at his home.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on the other individual involved in the transaction and were able to get an admission from him that he had just purchased heroin from Benzinger.
Members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home after obtaining a search warrant.
During the execution of the warrant, authorities located full baggies of heroin, drug paraphernalia, an additional 8.5 grams of fentanyl, and several hundred dollars in cash.
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.
Court records showed Benzinger bought heroin from Chicago and intended to sell it in McHenry County.
At the time of his arrest, Benzinger was already on parole for buying and selling heroin in May 2017.
The case was investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force and prosecuted by Brette Dunbar of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.