Woman sentenced to probation for Schaumburg drug charges

Updated 1/19/2017 5:55 PM

A Hoffman Estates woman, charged after a police raid in Schaumburg recovered about $59,000 worth of marijuana and a drug cutting agent in a baby formula can, was sentenced Thursday to 180 days in jail and two years probation.

Nicole Morris, 23, pleaded guilty in November and agreed to testify against her co-defendant boyfriend John Abel, 26. They were charged with drug possession and armed violence in November 2015, after members of the Illinois State Police narcotics task force, acting on information from a confidential informant, searched their Schaumburg home.


Officers recovered 2,994 grams of marijuana with a street value of about $59,000, along with cocaine, packaging materials, scales, a cutting agent used for cocaine and a loaded 9 mm firearm that prosecutors say officers was found in the couple's bedroom where their then 6-month-old child slept.

According to prosecutors, police found the cutting agent in a kitchen cabinet in a Similac baby formula container that read "do not feed to baby."

Abel, who has had several run-ins with police, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday in exchange for pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was among nearly two dozen defendants whose earlier drug charges were dismissed in 2013 in the wake of a scandal involving former Schaumburg undercover police officers charged in DuPage County with criminal drug conspiracy, delivery of a controlled substance, armed violence and theft.

Morris has already served her jail time.

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