A Minnesota man faces a minimum of 27 years in prison after he was convicted of being found with $60,000 worth of cocaine, meth and pills during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Huntley.
Darieln A. Moran Sanchez, 25, of Maplewood, Minnesota, was convicted on charges of two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. The charges are Class X felonies and a Class 1 felony.
Illinois State Police troopers conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Explorer around 10 a.m. on September 5, 2020.
The stop, which was for a traffic infraction, occurred on westbound Interstate 90 west of Route 47.
Prosecutors said probable cause was found to search the vehicle, which was driven by Moran Sanchez.
Troopers found 1,005 grams of cocaine, 446 grams of methamphetamine and more than 200 grams of suspected hydrocodone pills.
The total street value of the meth and cocaine was estimated at $60,000.
Moran Sanchez admitted to troopers that he was being paid to transport the illegal drugs to Minnesota, prosecutors said.
Moran Sanchez’s toddler daughter and teenage son were in the car.
He has been held in the Kane County Jail since his arrest on a $500,000 bond.
Kane County Judge David Kliment recently found Moran Sanchez guilty during a bench trial and revoked his bond.
Moran Sanchez is scheduled to appear in court again on June 7 for motions and sentencing.
He faces a minimum sentence of 27 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
“Mr. Moran Sanchez intended to deliver a significant quantity of dangerous drugs for his own financial gain. Individuals who deal illegal drugs in our community and elsewhere continue to pose a serious danger to the public. We will prosecute them and hold them accountable,” Assistant State’s Attorney Jake Matekaitis said.
“Thank you to Illinois State Police District 15 and the Drug Enforcement Administration for their joint investigation leading to the charges and convictions in this case. Thank you to ASA Hillary Sadler for her hard work preparing the case for trial,” Matekaitis said.