A 21-year-old Braidwood man will spend the next year behind bars. Matthew Garrelts pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of prescription-medication. He was sentenced to one year in prison for the class 4 felony.
In September of 2016, Garrelts was indicted by a Grundy County grand jury for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a class four felony and unlawful possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver, a class three felony.
Garrelts also pleaded guilty to DUI and was placed on two years conditional discharge and must pay over $1,000 in fines.
Police in Kankakee took more than $500,000 in cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine off the street last week. It marked the second time in a month officers made a major drug bust locally.
Jesus Perez-Torres, 27, and Raul Zamora-Quinones, 35, were arrested by Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents. Both are residents of Mexico.
According to the Kankakee County State's Attorney's office, the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are likely. Perez-Torres and Zamora-Quinones each were charged with possession of 900 or more grams of cocaine with intent to deliver; possession of between 100 and 400 grams of heroin with intent to deliver; possession of methamphetamine between 400 and 900 grams with intent to deliver; and aggravated possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver more than 100 grams with a firearm found in a home or vehicle.
Perez-Torres additionally was charged with possession of between 400 and 900 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver.
On November 9, Illinois State Police uncovered 13,883 grams of heroin during a traffic stop of a semitrailer at Interstate 57 Exit 308. The street value of that bust would be $1.12 million before it was cut into smaller amounts, according to a prosecutor.
Thursday, officers recovered 4.2 kilograms of cocaine, 462 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 365 grams of heroin as well as a loaded 9 mm handgun.
KAMEG Director Christopher Koerner would not comment how long the men had been under investigation. He did say the two men were not part of an operation KAMEG began in October that led to the arrests of 25 people on charges of delivering cocaine, heroin and meth.
Tips offered for preparedness gifts, holiday decorating
SPRINGFIELD – With the holiday season in full swing, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies are offering tips to help people stay safe now and into 2018.
“Throughout December, we’ll offer tips to help people safely enjoy the holiday season, as well as provide ideas on gifts that can help friends and family stay safe during all types of emergencies,” said IEMA Acting Director Joe Klinger.
Klinger offered several ideas for preparedness and safety gifts, including the following:
• National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather alert radio with battery backup, a tone-alert feature and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology • Flashlight with extra batteries • First aid kit with sterile bandages and gauze pads in assorted sizes, antiseptic, latex gloves, tweezers, scissors, soap and moistened towelettes, and thermometer • Home emergency preparedness kit stocked with a three-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food, battery-powered radio, weather radio and flashlights with extra batteries, first aid kit, shut-off wrench (to turn off household gas and water), manual can opener, and fire extinguisher • Vehicle preparedness kit stocked with a flashlight with extra batteries; first aid kit; water and non-perishable snacks; blankets; windshield scraper and brush; booster cables; sack of sand or kitty litter; tool kit; and shovel • Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector
Most preparedness gift items can be found in hardware and department stores.
Candles and strings of colored lights create a festive holiday atmosphere, but it’s important to be careful when using them. Candles should never be left unattended and should be placed on stable furniture in fire-safe holders that will catch dripping wax. Holiday lights and electrical decorations should bear the name of an independent testing lab to prove they were safety tested.
IEMA will be posting holiday safety tips throughout December on the Ready Illinois Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter (twitter.com/ReadyIllinois) pages. Additional information on emergency preparedness is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.