Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Illinois pair face heroin charges

August 09, 2012

A brother and sister were arrested by the Walworth County Drug Unit after they allegedly sold heroin out of a car to confidential informant while the woman’s children were in the vehicle.

Juan J. Hernandez Jr., 22, and Ana Garza, 24, of Beach Road, Ill., both face felony charges of delivering heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin.

If convicted of both counts, they faces a maximum initial incarceration period of 17 1/2 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision. They each also faces up to $75,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On June 6, the Walworth County Drug Unit worked with a confidential informant who purchased heroin at a parking lot on Edwards Boulevard.

Deputies saw a black Nissan in the area the confidential informant was waiting. Deputies saw an adult male and female passenger and two children in the back seat.

The confidential informant returned to the deputies with 2.83 grams of heroin for which he paid $360. He identified the adult male as Hernandez and the woman as his sister, Garza.

On July 20, the informant made arrangements with Hernandez to purchase five grams of heroin.

Sheriff deputies stopped the black Nissan on Highway 50 near Deerpath Road and arrested Hernandez and Garza.

At the Walworth County Jail, Garza admitted that she had heroin hidden inside of her bra. Garza said she hid the heroin because Hernandez handed it to her and said, “put it somewhere.”

Hernandez admitted to deputies that he had given the heroin, which weighed 5.53 grams, to his sister to hide.