A 45-year-old Carpentersville man tried to hide over 100 grams of cocaine while fleeing police at a Dollar Tree in Algonquin Thursday afternoon, authorities say.
Carlo V. Yescas-Noriega, 45, of Carpentersville, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and resisting or obstructing a peace officer.
At around 1 p.m. Thursday, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office followed Yescas-Noriega, who had an outstanding warrant for theft, from his residence in the 2000 block of Limestone Lane in Carpentersville to the parking lot of the Dollar Tree at 1402 East Algonquin Road in Algonquin.
As investigators approached Yescas-Noriega, he attempted to flee and was apprehended inside the store, according to a statement by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.
While he was fleeing, Yescas-Noriega allegedly tried to hide 114 grams of suspected cocaine on a store shelf.
He also gave a false name to the police after he was caught, the sheriff’s office said.
The Dollar Tree was closed for several hours while police collected evidence from the scene.
No employees or customers were involved in the incident and no injuries were reported, the sheriff’s office said.
After investigators recovered the suspected cocaine, a search warrant was conducted at Yescas-Noriega’s residence with the help of the Carpentersville Police Department.
The sheriff’s office said police seized an additional 18.5 grams of cocaine, 59.5 grams of cannabis, drug packaging materials, a handgun and a shotgun.
A 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe was also seized after Yescas-Noriega was arrested.
Yescas-Noriega remains held at the McHenry County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.