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Three charged after $1M-plus heroin bust in Aurora

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Reyna Garcia-Manzanares / photo from Aurora police Reyna Garcia-Manzanares / photo from Aurora police
Juan C. Fernandez / photo from Aurora police Juan C. Fernandez / photo from Aurora police
Modesto Alarcon / photo from Aurora police Modesto Alarcon / photo from Aurora police
ST. CHARLES, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A west suburban man and two north suburban residents were arrested after police seized more than $1.35 million in heroin bound for the Chicago suburbs and $275,000 in cash.

The seizure of nine kilograms of heroin is one of the largest ever by a Kane County law enforcement agency, Aurora police said in a statement.

"Heroin is dangerously addictive and often deadly, and it plagues nearly every community throughout the Chicago area," Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said in the statement.

"This seizure removes from circulation a significant amount of heroin that otherwise would have been distributed throughout the Chicago suburbs."

The arrests happened Tuesday after authorities witnessed a meeting between Modesto Alarcon, Juan C. Fernandez and Reyna Garcia-Manzanares in Aurora, police said.

After Fernandez and Garcia-Manzanares left in a separate vehicle, police pulled them over and found more than $190,000 in cash with them, police said.

Another search at Alarcon's home in the 1000 block of Grove Street in Aurora turned up nine kilograms of heroin, $85,000 in cash, a handgun, ammunition and items consistent with drug distribution, police said.

The heroin has an estimated street value of $1.35 million, police said. Authorities seized all of the items.

Alarcon, 41, is charged with one count each of possession a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and money laundering, all felonies, the statement said.

He was ordered held on $15 million bond, and will next appear in court April 18 at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles, police said.

Fernandez, 39, and Garcia-Manzanares, 41, both of the 400 block of West Howard Street in Evanston, were charged with one count each of money laundering, police said.

They were ordered held on $500,000 bonds and will next appear in court April 11, police said.

If any of the three defendants post bail, they must prove the source of money is legitimate, authorities said.

If convicted, Alarcon faces 15 -60 years, according to police. Fernandez and Garcia-Manzanares each face a sentence of 4-15 years in prison.

"I consider these developments to be a meaningful victory as we continue to deal with the challenges of this heroin epidemic," McMahon said in the statement.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents took part in the investigation.

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