Elgin man held on synthetic pot and pot charges
By Mike Danahey email@example.com @DanaheyECN on Twitter September 26, 2013 12:18AM
John G. Monteleone
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:27AM
ALGONQUIN — An Elgin man has been arrested on drug and synthetic drug charges following a three-month investigation at a local tobacco shop, authorities announced.
According to a press release Wednesday night, the North Central Narcotics Task Force and Algonquin police had been investigating the distribution of synthetic cannabinoids at King Puff-N-Stuff, in the 1400 block of Commerce Drive in Algonquin.
At noon Wednesday, NCNTF agents and Algonquin police executed a search warrant at the shop. According to the release, NCNTF agents previously conducted undercover purchases of synthetic cannabinoids from the store, with a laboratory analysis report from the Illinois State Police forensics lab in Rockford finding the product purchased contained a banned controlled substance in Illinois.
Agents seized 168 packages of 1 gram each Wednesday of the same synthetic cannabinoid product previously purchased by NCNTF agents and $1,107 in cash from the store. John G. Monteleone, 45, of the 100 block of Brookside Drive in Elgin, was arrested at the store, the release said.
The approximate street value of the seized substances is $65,000, according to Master Sgt. Bill Backus, NCNTF director.
Based on evidence found at the store, agents went to Monteleone’s Elgin residence to look for additional synthetic cannabinoids. According to the release, agents spoke to Montelone’s wife, Tracy, 43, at the residence and obtained her consent to search the residence and her vehicle. Agents seized an additional 3,582 packages of 1 gram each of the same synthetic cannabinoid product, $1,700 in cash, and 124.3 grams of suspected cannabis.
John Monteleone was charged in McHenry County with three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony.
Due to the multi-county nature of the investigation, additional charges were expected after the case is reviewed by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, authorities said.
Tracy Monteleone was not charged at this time, pending review of the investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, the release stated.
“The illicit synthetic cannabinoid market has been increasingly dramatically over the last few years,” Backus said.
“The sale and distribution of synthetic cannabinoid have caused significant tragedy to the citizens of both Kane and McHenry counties in the past,” Backus said. “While not the traditional controlled substance investigation, synthetic cannabinoid cases are still a high priority for the North Central Narcotics Task Force.”