Bond cut for Prospect Heights man accused of heroin possession in Lake County

  • Brian E. Crispin

    Brian E. Crispin

  • James A. Valenzuela

    James A. Valenzuela

 
 
Updated 3/1/2016 6:08 PM

Bond was cut in half for a Prospect Heights man accused of illegally possessing 16 bags of heroin when he was arrested last week, officials said Tuesday.

Bond was reduced to $5,000 for Brian E. Crispin, 27, of the 500 block of North Maple Street. Crispin is charged with felony counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

 

His half-brother, James A. Valenzuela, 36, of the 25000 block of Tamarack Drive in Wauconda, remains held in Lake County jail on $125,000 bail. He is also charged with felony counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Both were arrested Feb. 24 after a weekslong investigation by the Lake County sheriff's office gang unit, authorities said.

Valenzuela was the target of the investigation, which began in early February with a tip about possible drug activity at his house, authorities said. Valenzuela was carrying 56 bags of heroin when police arrested him while driving his Chevrolet Monte Carlo, reports said. Crispin was a passenger in the car that was seized by police. He had 16 bags of heroin, police said.

The drugs weighed about 37 grams and had a street value of $1,440, authorities said.

Wauconda police assisted in the investigation.

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