Elgin man again charged with selling heroin near school

  • Anthony J. Galarza

    Anthony J. Galarza

Updated 3/27/2015 1:44 PM

A 21-year-old Elgin man has been charged with selling heroin near an Elgin school in November 2014, according to court records.

An arrest warrant was served this week for Anthony J. Galarza, of the 600 block of Page Avenue, who was already being held at the Kane County jail on another matter.


He is accused of selling heroin within 1,000 feet of Ellis Middle School, 225 S. Liberty St., on Nov. 26, 2014, according to court records.

If convicted, he faces between six and 30 years in prison, and probation is not an option.

Elgin Police Cmdr. Dan O'Shea said he could not comment on Galarza's case or arrest because it's part of an ongoing investigation.

Court records show the November arrest was not the first time Galarza was accused of selling heroin.

He was arrested in August 2013 in Carpentersville on charges he sold heroin within 1,000 feet of Lakewood Elementary School, 1651 Ravine Lane, records show.

He eventually pleaded guilty to a reduced charge with a recommendation he attend a four-month boot camp instead of being sentenced to a six-year prison term.

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Galarza also was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol after a single-vehicle crash in December 2011 in Elgin, and in April 2013 in Elgin after an open bottle of vodka was found in his car, records show.

Galarza also has served jail time for theft and harassing a court witness in an attempt deter her from testifying. He also faces felony aggravated battery charges that he shoved his parole office Nov. 24, 2014, records show.

Galarza is next due in court April 8.

He was being held on $250,000 bail, meaning he must post $25,000 to be released while the charges are pending.

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