Probation, fines for St. Charles man nearly $20,000 marijuana bust
A 24-year-old St. Charles man arrested and charged with several felonies after police said he was nabbed with nearly $20,000 worth of marijuana has been sentenced to 2½ years probation and issued a court fine.
Aaron J. Soloff, of the 100 block of Lakeside Drive, was charged with four felony drug charges after a traffic stop in February in Aurora in which authorities said they found two pounds of marijuana and THC oil cartridges in a vehicle in which Soloff was a passenger.
Soloff pleaded guilty this week to manufacture/delivery of 500 grams to 2,000 grams of marijuana, a felony with a top punishment of seven years in prison, according to Kane County court records.
Soloff also was fined $8,465 and gets credit for two days served at the Kane County jail until he posted $9,000 bond, records show.
Defense attorney Michael Byrne said his client was a good candidate for probation because "he had some addiction issues he was dealing with."
According to Aurora police, Soloff was passenger in a car that rolled through a stop sign at Elmwood Drive and Plum Street near West Aurora High School the night of Feb. 20
Police said Soloff, a passenger in the car being driven by a Yorkville man, made movements as if he was attempting to hide or destroy something. Police found two pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags in plain view on the back seat and several cartridges of cannabis oil, drugs that had a combined street value of $19,540.
The driver got a traffic ticket.
Soloff can be resentenced to prison if he violates his probation. According to Kane County court records, he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia in July 2015. He pleaded guilty and completed a year of supervision.