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$2M bail set for 2 charged with heroin, cocaine conspiracy in Kane, Kendall counties

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  • Israel Tavizon is held on $2 million bail on cocaine and heroin conspiracy charges.

    Israel Tavizon is held on $2 million bail on cocaine and heroin conspiracy charges.

  • Gabriel Aguilar-Velez is held on $2 million bail on cocaine and heroin conspiracy charges.

    Gabriel Aguilar-Velez is held on $2 million bail on cocaine and heroin conspiracy charges.

 
 

Two men have been arrested and charged in a conspiracy to transport and distribute heroin and cocaine in the Kane and Kendall County areas.

Gabriel Aguilar-Velez, 28, and Israel Tavizon, 34, of Montgomery are held on $2 million bail at the Kane County jail after their arrests last month and brief court appearances this week, records show. Information about Aguilar-Velez' hometown was not immediately available.

They were indicted by a statewide grand jury in mid-July, according to Kane County court records.

Each faces 11 felony charges. The most severe charges involve a calculated criminal drug conspiracy working with at least two others to transport and distribute at least 900 grams -- about 2 pounds -- of cocaine and heroin from Kendall County to Kane County from June 28 to June 29, records show.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office said in an email the office could not immediately respond to inquiries about the charges -- including the amount of drugs seized and street value -- and referred questions to the Kane County state's attorney's office, which said it could not comment beyond information in court records.

A phone message left with Glenn Sowa, who is Tavizon's defense attorney, was not immediately returned.

Tavizon was arrested and charged in July 2014 on felony charges of mob action and aggravated battery in a public place, Kane County court records show. The charges were eventually reduced to misdemeanor battery, to which he pleaded guilty, was fined $790 and given two years of probation through this coming September, records show.

Domingo Vargas, who is listed as Aguilar-Velez' attorney, could not be reached for comment.

Aguilar-Velez has no previous criminal arrests in Kane County, according to court records.

If convicted of the most severe charges, each faces a maximum 60-year prison term and a top fine of $1 million.

Kane County prosecutors have filed a court motion requiring each defendant to prove bond money -- in this case $200,000 for each person -- comes from legal sources, records show.

They are next due in court Aug. 25.

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