Buffalo Grove man pleads guilty to possessing $18,000 worth of drugs

Updated 7/9/2018 5:19 PM
  • Martin Gutierrez

    Martin Gutierrez

A 23-year-old Buffalo Grove man pleaded guilty to drug possession in a case where police recovered drugs with a street value of more than $18,000 at his home.

In exchange for pleading guilty last week to possessing a controlled substance, Martin Gutierrez was sentenced to two years TASC probation and ordered to pay $1,259 in fines, according to court records.

TASC, which stands for Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, is an incarceration alternative for defendants charged with nonviolent crimes. It requires a defendant be assessed for substance and/or alcohol and mental health issues and receive treatment if necessary.

His guilty plea follows his brother's admission to the same offense, according to court records. Dustin Gutierrez, 19, pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in May and was sentenced to two years TASC probation and ordered to pay $1,339 in fines.

Police searched the brothers' home in October 2017 after neighbors reported that drug transactions were taking place there.

According to prosecutors, officers recovered about 1,000 grams of marijuana, 1 gram of cocaine, 12 pills believed to be a prescription medication for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and about $2,600 in cash, among other items.

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