Aurora man guilty in $1.35 million heroin bust
An Aurora man faces up to 60 years in prison after a judge convicted him of having about 20 pounds of heroin, along with money laundering.
Authorities seized the estimated $1.35 million in drugs, along with $84,000, from the home of Modesto Alarcon, 44, in April 2014.
In a bench trial Wednesday, Kane County Judge D.J. Tegeler convicted Alarcon of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and money laundering -- all felonies.
At trial, police testified that they searched Alarcon's home on the 1000 block of Grove Street on April 1, 2014, and found a stash of heroin in a hidden wall in Alarcon's garage, along with a gun in the basement, $84,000, digital scales and other drug packaging materials.
According to testimony, Alarcon admitted to police that he had met his connection about 10 times to pick up heroin in quantities of up to 10 kilograms.
Alarcon, authorities testified, also admitted to laundering money about 15 times.
Two people were also arrested in Chicago that day after police tailed them from Alarcon's home. Authorities found $190,000 in a hidden compartment of the car they were in, and both pleaded guilty to money laundering in 2015 and were sentenced to six years in prison.
Alarcon faces a sentence of between 12 and 60 years in prison and must serve 75 percent of it.
"Heroin is dangerously addictive and deadly. Its use has brought tragedy to probably every community in the Chicago area. Mr. Alarcon is a drug dealer. At the time of his arrest, the 9 kilos of heroin seized in this case represented one of the largest heroin seizures by a Kane County law-enforcement agency," Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said. "Mr. Alarcon's conviction is a meaningful victory for the community and all in law enforcement who continue to deal with the challenges of the heroin epidemic."
Alarcon has been held at the Kane County jail on $15 million bail since his arrest. His bail was revoked after the guilty verdict.
Alarcon will be sentenced on Feb. 1.