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updated: 5/6/2011 5:50 PM

$44,000, pot seized in South Elgin raid

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Authorities this week raided a South Elgin home, arrested two people and seized more than $44,000 and nearly 3.5 pounds of marijuana.

Fred Moreno Jr., 32, and Aline Hernandez, 26, both of the 800 block of James Street, are charged with felony manufacturing and delivery of cannabis, possession of cannabis, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.

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The pair, who are boyfriend and girlfriend, appeared in Kane County bond call Friday afternoon where Judge James Hallock set bail at $250,000 for Moreno and $100,000 for Hernandez.

Each must post 10 percent of that amount in order to be free pending trial.

Reading a police summary of the search, which occurred at 6:37 a.m. Thursday, Hallock said Kane County Sheriff's deputies found a total of $44,245 in cash stashed in three different locations in the home, along with 1,550 grams of marijuana, or about 3.5 pounds.

Hallock said authorities also found three generic Vicodin pills, a digital scale and two water bongs.

Assistant State's Attorney Anne Stanfa said the drugs had a street value of about $7,750.

"It appears to have been a substantial operation," Stanfa said.

Hernandez didn't have a criminal record besides traffic tickets. Moreno had previous convictions for theft, cannabis possession, alcohol possession and driving while license suspended, Stanfa said in pushing for substantial bail to which Hallock agreed.

The most serious charges carry a prison term of three to seven years if convicted, though probation is an option.

Moreno and Hernandez return to court May 25.

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