A Lakewood man was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty in a case where was found with over $250,000 worth of drugs and cash during a 2020 bust.
Carl D. Ciampanelli, 29, of Lakewood, was charged in November 2020 with possession with intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, a Class X felony, and possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, a Class 1 felony.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on November 13, 2020, at Ciampanelli’s residence, according to a motion filed by McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Ken Hudson.
Officers seized approximately 21,318 grams of cannabis flower and 7,484 grams of cannabis wax.
They also seized 24,076 grams of cannabis edibles and 982 grams of THC cartridges, Hudson said.
Officers additionally found a Springfield XDS .45 caliber handgun and more than $60,000 in cash.
The drugs and cash seized were estimated to be worth an excess of $250,000.
Court documents show the warrant was the result of a witness telling investigators they had previously been inside Ciampanelli’s residence and saw him with several packages containing large amounts of marijuana.
The witness also said Ciampanelli was selling the marijuana.
A McHenry County judge set Ciampanelli’s bond at $150,000 at the time of his arrest.
Court documents show Ciampanelli made a phone call on a recorded line while inside the McHenry County Jail asking another man to bring $15,000 to bond him out.
The other man on the phone call made reference to knowing that Ciampanelli has “bank accounts” and that he needed to be quiet about it, according to a search warrant complaint.
A man eventually posted $15,000 cash needed to secure Ciampanelli’s release from jail. A source of funds hearing was held and the court found the funds to be from a legitimate source, court records show.
Ciampanelli recently entered into a negotiated plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
He pleaded guilty on Thursday to possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, a Class 1 felony, in exchange for his Class X felony being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge James Cowlin accepted the plea and sentenced him to 48 months of probation.
Cowlin also ordered Ciampanelli to complete a drug treatment evaluation and follow all recommendations.
Ciampanelli will not be able to possess or consume illicit substances and will be randomly tested during his probation.
Court records show an undisclosed amount of cash seized from Ciampanelli’s bank accounts was forfeited under state law in addition to the $60,000 cash found during the warrant.
At least $20,387 in cash was seized from the bank accounts. It is unclear if additional currency was also seized and forfeited.