Elgin man convicted of cocaine sales near park, school
From Submitted Reports February 21, 2014 11:50AM
Ladell D. Walker
Updated: February 23, 2014 2:52AM
An Elgin man has been convicted of selling cocaine near a city school and park, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Ladell D. Walker, 35, of the 600 block of South Liberty Street, was convicted by a Kane County jury of two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, each a Class 1 felony.
The jury deliberated for about an hour before it reached the verdict, a release from the office said.
On Oct. 9, 2012, Walker coordinated the delivery of cocaine by co-defendant Carolyn Williams, 50, of the 200 block of Douglas Avenue, Elgin, to an undercover police officer in the 1500 block of Mulberry Lane, which is within 1,000 feet of Cornerstone Park in Elgin, according to the release.
On Oct. 11, 2012, Walker coordinated the delivery of cocaine by co-defendant John W. Johnson, 56, of the 900 block of North Flora Drive, Elgin, to an undercover police officer in the same block, the release said.
On Oct. 23, 2012, and Nov. 5, 2012, Walker coordinated the delivery of cocaine by co-defendant Silvia Magallanes, 46, of the 100 block of North Root Street, Elgin, to an undercover police officer within 1,000 feet of Ellis Middle School in Elgin, it said.
The deliveries were part of an undercover operation by police. Walker, Williams, Johnson and Magallanes did not know the cocaine was being purchased by an undercover officer.
Walker was arrested and charged as part of a 2013 drug sweep conducted by the Elgin Police Department, according to prosecutors.
Walker’s next court appearance is set for April 3 in front of Judge Susan Clancy Boles for motions and sentencing. Walker faces a sentence of between six and 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Walker remains in the Kane County jail, where he has been held since his arrest in lieu of $400,000 bail. Bond was revoked upon conviction.
“Mr. Walker thought he could hide in the background risk-free as he arranged for others to push his poison into the community for him. He was wrong, and now he’s headed to prison,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in the release. “My thanks to the jury, the Elgin Police Department’s Drug Unit and to Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Scott Schwertley and Mark D. Stajdohar to taking this cowardly drug dealer and his drugs off the streets.”
Magallanes agreed to a sentence of 30 months of probation in exchange for a guilty plea to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony.
The cases against Williams and Johnson are pending. The next court appearance for each is set for March 20.