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Article posted: 1/29/2013 4:16 PM

Two held after St. Charles bust nets cocaine, marijuana

By Harry Hitzeman

Two St. Charles residents face felony drug charges after a state police unit searched their home and seized two ounces of cocaine and two pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of between $6,500 and $11,100, authorities said.

Michael Stellwagen, 42, and Susanne L. Russell, 52, both of the 43W700 block of Fescue Court, are both free on bond and due in court Feb. 6.

Stellwagen is charged with felony possession of between 15 and 100 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of 500 to 2,000 grams of marijuana with intent to deliver and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

The most serious charge carries a penalty of six to 30 years in prison if convicted with no possibility of probation.

Russell is charged with possession of 15 to 100 grams of cocaine and 500 to 2,000 grams of marijuana, according to court records, and faces up four to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Illinois Police Master Sgt. Bill Backus, who also is director of the North Central Narcotics Task Force, said authorities executed a search warrant at about 10 a.m. Friday at the home and seized 51.2 grams of cocaine, 1,017 grams of marijuana, and other items, such as scales. Stellwagen was arrested on the spot; Russell went to the St. Charles police station later for questioning and was later arrested.

Stellwagen does not have any previous drug arrests in Kane County. He was arrested in May 2010 in South Elgin and faced a driving under the influence charge which was later reduced to reckless driving, court records show.

Russell does not have any previous arrests in Kane County, according to court records.

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