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posted: 3/13/2010 12:01 AM

Six years for North Aurora drug dealer

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  • Juan Bolado

    Juan Bolado


A North Aurora drug dealer was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for possessing more than 20 pounds of marijuana and a kilogram of cocaine.

Juan A. Bolado, 46, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, in exchange for the sentence approved by Kane County Judge Thomas Mueller.

Bolado was arrested March 11, 2009, after a police informant arranged to buy $30,000 in cocaine and $16,000 in marijuana from him. After the transaction, authorities raided Bolado's apartment on the 200 block of Laurel Drive and seized 9,236 grams of cocaine, 1,108 grams of marijuana, a 9 mm handgun, digital scales and a 2003 Mercedes-Benz coupe, according to a police affidavit.

The informant had told police he previously purchased 40 to 80 pounds of marijuana and three to four kilograms of cocaine from Bolado over several months, according to court records. Authorities later placed a GPS tracking device on Bolado's car.

By law, Bolado must serve at least half of his six-year sentence. With credit for 366 days already served in the county jail, he may be eligible for release in about two years. Had he been convicted at trial, he could have been sentenced to up to 30 years.

Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Orland said Bolado's previous criminal history was limited to a driving under the influence charge in 1999.