Villa Park cocaine dealer gets 16 years in 70-pound bust

 
Posted8/24/2012 2:10 PM
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  • Herasmo Herrera

    Herasmo Herrera

A Villa Park man nabbed in a $3 million cocaine bust will serve at least eight years in prison for possessing about 70 pounds, prosecutors said Friday.

Herasmo Herrera, 31, pleaded guilty to drug possession with intent to deliver in exchange for a 16-year prison term. By law, he must serve at least half the sentence.

The DuPage County sheriff's office arrested Herrera after finding four bricks of cocaine in a backpack inside his SUV during a September 2011 traffic stop in Elmhurst. Police then obtained a search warrant for his home on the 100 block of Ovaltine Court, recovering a handgun, an AK-47 magazine and 24 more bricks of cocaine, prosecutors said.

Authorities estimated the street value of the drugs at nearly $3 million.

Herrera pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced by Judge Kathryn Creswell.

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