Search upheld in massive Aurora heroin case

Updated 7/19/2015 3:28 PM

A judge has upheld the April 2014 search of two people accused of laundering $190,000 for an accused Aurora heroin dealer.

Juan Carlos Fernandez, 40, and Reyna R. Garcia-Manzaneres, 42, both of the 400 block of Howard Street, Evanston, argued that authorities lacked probable cause to stop and search their vehicle, where $190,050 was found in a hidden compartment.


Kane County Judge Clint Hull disagreed and upheld the search and the admissibility of evidence in court, records show.

Fernandez and Garcia-Manzaneres, who are both due in court Aug. 14, face four to 15 years in prison if convicted.

The two were arrested on the same day as Modesto Alarcon, 41, of Aurora, who authorities say was caught with nine kilograms of heroin in one the largest busts in county history.

Alarcon is being held on $15 million bail and is next due in court Sept. 8. If convicted, he faces between 12 and 60 years in prison.

Legalization a hot topic

The upcoming American Bar Association meeting in Chicago will look at police misconduct in light of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and other cities, plus alternatives to incarceration, and the workplace implications of legalized marijuana. The annual meeting is July 30 to Aug. 4.

Speakers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill. Members of President Obama's Commission on 21st Century Policing will discuss policing in America in the wake of violence in communities such as Ferguson and Baltimore.

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National Night Out

The Kane County Sheriff's Office hosts National Night Out festivities from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4, at the southeast corner of Peck Road and Route 38 near St. Charles.

The event, which also is sponsored by Neighborhood Watch, will feature a tour of the new shooting range and inmate cell block. Visit

Win trip to the Masters

The CASA Kane County, an organization that provides court appointed advocates for abused and neglected children, is hosting a raffle Aug. 24 in which the grand prize winner can take home a luxury trip to the 2016 Masters golf tournament.

Only 500 tickets at $100 each will be sold. The winner will be announced at the Golf For A Child Dinner and Award Ceremony on Aug. 24.

To buy a ticket, visit or call (630) 444-3107.

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