Western Illinois Man Charged for Trafficking 10,000 Fentanyl Pills, Illegal Gun Possession
On June 14, 2022, approximately 10,000 fentanyl pills were seized in Kewanee, Illinois, during an investigation conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Chicago Division and the Kewanee Police Department.
CHICAGO – Todd C. Smith, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration – Chicago Division, and Kewanee Police Department Chief Nick Welgat announced that on June 15, 2022, Juan Montemayor, 30, of Kewanee, Illinois, was charged with delivery of over 900 grams of fentanyl, possession of a weapon by a felon, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
On June 14, 2022, the Kewanee Police Department assisted DEA agents on a narcotics investigation which resulted in the arrest of Montemayor. Approximately 10,000 suspected fentanyl pills were seized, along with a loaded .357 Magnum revolver from the vehicle driven by Montemayor. He was later transported to the Henry County Jail and was held on the preliminary charges of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a weapon by a felon.
On June 15, 2022, Montemayor was formally charged by the Henry County State’s Attorney Office with the offenses of delivery of over 900 grams of fentanyl (Class X Felony), possession of a weapon by a felon (Class 3 Felony), and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon (Class 4 Felony). This Class X Felony charge carries a potential sentence of 15-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, in which 75% of the total sentence must be served.
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