A Utah man was arrested after he allegedly provided the cocaine that was sold by an apparent middleman to an undercover police officer in McHenry County.
Armando Santana-Rojas, 55, of the 6500 block of South Greenmeadow Way in Salt Lake City, Utah, was charged with manufacturing or delivery of cocaine, a Class X felony, and possession of cocaine, a Class 1 felony.
A motion filed by McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Brodersen said an undercover officer purchased cocaine from an unnamed individual.
The officer was part of an operation with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The transaction resulted in the undercover officer purchasing 256 grams of cocaine.
During the investigation, law enforcement learned that Santana-Rojas provided the cocaine to the individual that sold it to the officer, Brodersen said.
Investigators learned that the unnamed individual owed Santana-Rojas $9,000 for the cocaine that was sold to the undercover officer.
Santana-Rojas was arrested Tuesday afternoon. The second individual involved was not named in court documents and it is unknown if they were also arrested.
McHenry County Judge Tiffany Davis ordered Santana-Rojas held on a $500,000 bond.
Santana-Rojas remains held in the McHenry County Jail and would need to post $50,000 cash in order to be released.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 19.