A Minnesota man was sentenced to 17 years in prison after he was found with $60,000 worth of drugs during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Huntley while his kids were in the car.
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 found Moran Sanchez guilty in April following a bench trial and revoked his bond.
Moran Sanchez was recently sentenced by Kliment to 17 years in prison.
He must serve at least 75% of the sentence and will receive credit for 641 days in jail awaiting trial.
“The thorough work of the Illinois State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration prevented dangerous drugs from being transported to another state, where they most likely would have been sold and used, posing a serious danger to the public. I am grateful for their efforts,” Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Jake Matekaitis said.