An Illinois man pleaded no contest Tuesday to his role in a nearly $3 million marijuana delivery.
Erwin Medina-Gonzales, 33, of Gurnee, faces 10 years in prison for drug possession. Sentencing is Nov. 3 before Kenosha County Circuit Judge Wilbur W. Warren III.“I’m not fighting it,” Medina-Gonzales said in court.
Charges were filed in March after a drug bust in Illinois led local police to an undercover catch in Kenosha and an offer from an alleged drug dealer to give police $100,000 to “fix things” and return nearly $3 million of marijuana.
The drug operation began to unravel after Illinois State Police found 1,000 pounds of marijuana in a semi-tractor trailer during a traffic stop. The supply was meant for delivery to a Pleasant Prairie warehouse called “Mex Imports,” 5647 77th St.
Illinois authorities and federal officials enlisted the Kenosha Drug Operations Unit, or K-DOG, to help with a staged delivery.
Medina-Gonzales reportedly met the driver, who brought 68 packages of marijuana hidden in pallets of Coca-Cola and Pepsi cases to the warehouse.
He admitted being involved in the drug operation. He also allowed police to search his home, where police found shrink-wrapped bundles of $100 bills in amounts ranging from $2,000 to an estimated $20,000.
Police believe they collected nearly $30,000 from the home.
There was no available record of charges being filed against the person who might have coordinated the delivery.
While in Illinois, that suspect called Medina-Gonzales, a criminal complaint says. The caller talked to police and offered $100,000 to “fix things” and return the drugs.
It was unclear whether the caller has been identified.
Published September 30, 2009 | 11:41 p.m.
BY JESSICA STEPHEN