A Carpentersville man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for possessing a large amount of cocaine and fleeing into a Dollar Tree in Algonquin as officers tried to arrest him.
Carlo V. Yescas-Noriega, 46, of Carpentersville, was charged in January 2022 with four counts of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of cocaine and obstructing a peace officer.
A confidential informant working for the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force set up a deal to purchase two to four ounces of cocaine from Yescas-Noriega, according to a motion filed in court.
The task force set up surveillance at Yescas-Noriega’s residence and the drug deal was scheduled to take place at the Goodwill in Algonquin.
Yescas-Noriega was observed driving from his residence to the deal location in the parking lot of the Goodwill on January 27, 2022, prosecutors said in the motion.
Task force members approached Yescas-Noriega’s vehicle and he ran into a nearby Dollar Tree, located at 1402 East Algonquin Road in Algonquin.
Yescas-Noriega was apprehended inside the store and officers found a sandwich bag containing approximately four ounces — over 100 grams — of cocaine.
The bag was recovered from an aisle in the store where Yescas-Noriega had gone, prosecutors said.
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 investigators 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 was ordered held in the McHenry County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
Court records show Yescas-Noriega entered into a negotiated plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Tuesday.
Yescas-Noriega pleaded guilty to one count of possession of 100-400 grams of cocaine, a Class 1 felony, in exchange for his other charges being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge James Cowlin approved the deal and sentenced Yescas-Noriega to 11 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The sentence will be served at 50% and he will receive 377 days of credit for time served awaiting his case.
Yescas-Noriega will receive an additional 99 days of credit for engaging in a self-improvement program or work assignments in custody.