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Final of Four Individuals Charged with Heroin Trafficking Sentenced to Twelve Years

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that Orlando Pacheco-Ramos, 30 (d.o.b. 09/08/1985) of 430 Stevens, Addison, has been sentenced to twelve years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. Pacheco-Ramos is the last of four men charged with felony drug offenses to be sentenced as the result of a multi-agency investigation into drug sales in the United States. The charges against all four men are the result of a coordinated effort between the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Addison Police Department, Elgin Police Department’s Special Investigations Division, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Today’s sentence, of which Pacheco must serve 75% before being eligible for parole, was handed down by Judge John Kinsella.    
            In the summer of 2014, the following individuals, along with Pacheco-Ramos, were each charged with one count of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a Class X Felony.

·       Luis Hernandez, 48 (d.o.b. 05/08/1967) of 209 Comstock Drive, Elgin.

·       Andres Hernandez, 25 (d.o.b. 04/24/1990) of 14 Lynch Street, Elgin.

·       Jose Hernandez, 28 (d.o.b. 03/10/1987) of 14 Lynch Street, Elgin

           Luis Hernandez is the father of both Jose and Andres Hernandez.

On July 23, 2014, HSI Chicago received a tip related to an out of state currency seizure. The following day, agents and officers located a residence in Elgin related to the currency seizure and immediately put it under surveillance. That same day, four individuals, identified as Jose Hernandez, Luis Hernandez, Andres Hernandez and Orlando Pacheco-Ramos conducted a narcotics transaction in Addison. Following the transaction, a traffic stop was conducted on Pacheco-Ramos’ vehicle where officers recovered seven kilograms of heroin with a street value of approximately $1,400,000. A large quantity of United States currency was also recovered from Pacheco-Ramos’ residence.        
            “Heroin continues to be a plague in our neighborhoods, capable of killing on the first use,” Berlin said. “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of HSI Chicago as well as the Addison and Elgin Police Departments, we were able to get a very large amount of an extremely dangerous drug off the streets. Additionally, the strong prosecutions presented against all four of the defendants by Assistant State’s Attorneys Amanda Meindl and Kevin Laude, allowed us to put four drug dealers behind bars for a very long time where they will be unable to ruin countless lives while enriching their own lives at the same time. The conviction of these four men demonstrates that we will continue to aggressively prosecute drug dealers who peddle this poison to our children. Make no mistake however, we still have a long way to go to rid our neighborhoods of the pain, heartache and death caused by drugs.”

On February 26, 2015, Luis Hernandez entered a plea of guilty to one count of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and was sentenced to six years in the IDOC. On May 19, 2015, Andres Hernandez entered a plea of guilty to one count of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and was also sentenced to six years in the IDOC. On July 10, 2015 Jose Hernandez was sentenced to 20 years in the IDOC following a bench trial in front of Judge Kinsella.



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