Drug Enforcement Administration

Chicago

Brian M. McKnight, Special Agent in Charge

March 14, 2018

Contact: Special Agent Sharon Santiago

Phone Number: (312) 353-7875

Drug Induced Homicide

CHICAGO - On December 2, 2017 Kane County Sheriff’s Department deputies were dispatched to 44W307 Plank Rd in unincorporated Burlington Township for a report of a subject who may have overdosed.  The subject, later identified as William Barrett, was pronounced deceased at the scene.   Toxicology reports indicate that he died from an overdose from heroin that contained a fentanyl compound.

The investigation revealed that the 29 year old Adam Ochoa of Algonquin allegedly supplied the illegal drugs that killed Barrett. The Kane County State’s Attorney charged Ochoa with the offense of drug-induced homicide, Class X felony.  On March 13, 2018 detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Ochoa.  A Judge set bail at $200,000 with 10 ($20,000) to apply for bond.  Ochoa was subsequently taken into custody that same day.

Ochoa appeared on March 14, 2018, in Kane County bond court. The judge set his next court appearance for March 23, 2018, in Courtroom 217 at the Kane County Judicial Center in front of Associate Judge David Kliment.  If convicted, Ochoa faces a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
This investigation began under the direction of the Kane County Heroin Initiative, a multi-jurisdictional Task Force targeting those who sell deadly heroin and fentanyl-related substances to the citizens in the community.

The Kane County Heroin Initiative Task Force is federally funded by the Department of Justice Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task (OCDETF) program.  The Initiative is a partnership between Federal, State, County and Municipal agencies to address the opioid crisis.  The Task Force has further support from the various prosecutor levels to include the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Illinois Attorney General as well as Kane, DuPage and Cook Counties. 

The law enforcement Task Force is staffed with members from Federal, County and Municipal agencies.  This represents all levels of law enforcement involvement in the fight against the opioid epidemic.  The Task Force has also partnered with local treatment providers to assist in finding treatment for people in need.  The following law enforcement agencies have joined with the DEA Chicago Division’s commitment to address the opioid epidemic:  Kane County Sherriff’s Office, South Elgin Police Department, Batavia Police Department, Geneva Police Department, Elgin Police Department, Chicago Police Department, and the Illinois State Police.

Arrestee:  Adam Ochoa, 29, of the 500 block of Lincoln St Algonquin Il.  The charges against Ochoa are not proof of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the State’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Drug dealers are mixing fentanyl-related substances with heroin, increasing its potency that produces a lethal combination, causing soaring overdose deaths.  Fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances represent the deadly convergence of the synthetic drug threat with the current national opioid epidemic.  DEA Chicago Division Special Agent in Charge Brian McKnight emphasized, “DEA recognizes the importance of working with our law enforcement counterparts to attack the violent drug trafficking networks producing, importing, and profiting from these deadly drugs.  The DEA Mission is to protect our communities against narcotics traffickers who prey on those who suffer the scourge of addiction.”

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