Aurora man accused in 11-pound marijuana bust

Updated 3/2/2017 6:41 PM
  • Juanpablo Ruiz

    Juanpablo Ruiz

An Aurora man has been charged with cannabis trafficking after authorities intercepted a suspicious mail package, delivered it to him and later seized 11 pounds of marijuana.

Juanpablo Ruiz, 18, of the 1900 block of Roberts Street, has been charged with felony cannabis trafficking of more than 5,000 grams, manufacture/delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, and possession of cannabis, all felonies, according to Kane County court records.

Kane County sheriff's department Lt. Pat Gengler said Ruiz was arrested Tuesday afternoon after officials from the sheriff's office, Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Postal Inspection Services searched a residence on the 100 block of Hamlet Circle in Montgomery.

Gengler said U.S. Postal officials intercepted a suspicious package, alerted the sheriff's department and obtained a warrant to search the residence after the package was delivered.

Gengler said the estimated value of the marijuana is about $46,000. Additional arrests may be possible, he said.

Ruiz was being held at the Kane County jail on $50,000 bail.

Ruiz, who according to court records does not have any previous adult convictions in Kane County, is next due in court March 23 and faces a prison term of six to 30 years if convicted of the most severe charge.

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