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Suspected cocaine dealer charged



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August 05, 2014 | 10:40 AM
A 25-year-old Harvard, Ill., man is accused of selling $4,450 of cocaine to a confidential police informant between June 23 and July 16.

Angel Cruz faces three counts of delivering cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

If convicted of all counts, Cruz faces up to 145 years imprisonment and $400,000 in fines.

The Walworth County Drug Unit announced Cruz’s arrest in a July 23 press release. The release stated that both Cruz and Froilan Avila-Romo, 29, also of Harvard, were taken into custody after an investigation by the Walworth County Drug Unit, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

At the same time, police executed a search on a home in Harvard, Ill., and found 7.5 grams of cocaine, $2,400 in cash, a scale and packaging material, according to the press release.

When police searched Cruz’s home, they reportedly found five grams of cocaine.

Cruz remains in custody in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond. According to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department website, Avila-Romo’s bond is set at $25,000, and he faces four counts of delivering cocaine and four counts of possession with intent to deliver.

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On July 31, the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Avila-Romo that mirror the charges filed against Cruz.

According to the criminal complaint:

On June 23, a confidential informant was given $850 to purchase cocaine 27.68 grams of cocaine from Cruz in the village of Walworth.

On July 2, the informant was given $1,700 and purchased 53.42 grams of cocaine from Cruz in the village of Walworth.

On July 26, the informant was given $1,900 to purchase 53.76 grams of cocaine from Cruz in the village of Walworth.

Police, using the informant, arranged another controlled buy of cocaine from Cruz on July 22 to take place in the village of Walworth.

On the way to the controlled buy, Cruz was the subject of a traffic stop on Lakeville Road in the town of Walworth. A Walworth County Sheriff’s deputy went to the scene of the traffic stop and searched Cruz’s vehicle and found 83.12 grams of suspected cocaine.

Cruz told police that he intended to sell the cocaine for $2,500.

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