Accused Elburn Ecstasy cook says he's a 'scientist'

By Terrapinzflyer · Oct 23, 2009 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Accused Elburn Ecstasy cook says he's a 'scientist'

    Bond was set at $300,000 on Friday for an accused Ecstasy cook who told police he's "a scientist - not a user."

    Neil T. Tomsheck, 19, of Elburn, was arrested Thursday after police said they recovered 150 grams of the drug Ecstasy and a plastic bag filled with narcotic mushrooms in a search of his home on the 300 block of North Fourth Street.

    During the search, Tomsheck directed police to drugs "frying in the closet" and told them, "I just make the Ecstasy here. I don't sell it. I'm a scientist, not a user," according to a police synopsis read in court.

    Kane County Judge James C. Hallock said Tomsheck faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony. In addition, he's charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years.

    According to prosecutors, Tomsheck has a "relatively minor" criminal history with a lone property damage offense in 2008. He told the judge he attended Kaneland High School before enrolling in a computer engineering program at DeVry University in Addison. But Tomsheck said he did not graduate because his funding ran out.

    "I'm attempting to re-enter there this December or January, when the next semester starts," he said.

    During the hearing, Tomsheck also tried to help the judge pronounce the scientific name - psilocybin - of the mushrooms he's accused of possessing. He asked to speak again later but a public defender advised against it.

    Police said the search was carried out while both Tomsheck and his father were home. A man who said he was in court Friday for Tomsheck's bond hearing declined to comment.

    Tomsheck would have to post $30,000 to be released from the county jail. His next court date is Nov. 5.

    By Josh Stockinger | Daily Herald Staff

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  1. SullyGuy
    A judge who cannot pronounce "psilocybin" should not be trying drug cases.
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    Elburn man charged with making ecstasy

    ELBURN — A man remains in custody after police raided his home on suspicion that he was making ecstasy.

    Neil Tomsheck, 19, of the 300 block of North 4th Street, Elburn, faces a count each of possession with intent to deliver and possession of the street drug known as ecstasy.

    Tomsheck was taken into custody Thursday after police from Elburn and Chicago and officers from the Kane County Sheriff's Office's bomb squad executed a search warrant at the home he shared with his father.

    Tomsheck appeared in court Friday afternoon. Judge James Hallock read from a synopsis of the search and arrest provided by police.

    On their arrival, police were allowed to enter the house without incident. When police located Tomsheck in the basement of the home, they said Tomsheck told them about the drug making operation.

    According to police, Tomsheck shouted to them: "I just make the ecstasy here, I don't sell it. I'm a scientist, not a user."

    Police said Tomsheck later told them he had ecstasy "drying in the closet" and had a "pill press in the garage."

    According to the document read by the judge in court, police recovered 150 grams of ecstasy from the home, as well as a quantity of mushrooms known to cause hallucinogenic experiences.

    Tomsheck told the judge he was a graduate of Kaneland High School and had been attending computer engineering classes through the DeVry Institute of Technology.

    Hallock set bail for Tomsheck at $300,000 with 10 percent to apply. Prosecutors had requested a bail of $500,000.

    A representative of the Elburn Police Department said the department intended to release a statement on the incident later. A representative of the Kane County Sheriff's Office steered inquiries to the Chicago Police Department.

    A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department said, as of Friday afternoon, that he could not comment, as his office was still attempting to gather information concerning the Chicago Police Department's involvement in the case.

    Tomsheck is scheduled to next appear in court on Nov. 5.

  3. Nacumen
    That pill press is the nail in the coffin for his scientist alibi.

    Funny that he took a indignant stab at the judge by correcting her pronunciation though.
  4. Milk man
    That doesn't make any sense, he has 150g of MDMA. He doesn't use it himself, and he doesn't sell it, but he likes to make pills from it. Oh, he must be the charitable type.
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