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Police: West Chicago man caught with nearly half a pound of meth in Aurora


A 23-year-old man faces prison after a traffic stop in Aurora late last week turned up nearly a half pound of methamphetamine, according to police and court records.

Jesus E. Duran-Contreras, of the 28W600 block of Barnes Avenue, West Chicago, is charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver between 100 and 400 grams of methamphetamine after a traffic stop at 12:58 a.m. Friday at Fourth Street and Galena Boulevard on the city’s near east side, according to Kane County court records.

Duran-Contreras was pulled over in his 2002 silver Mercury and cited for no insurance, improper display of a registration plate, and transportation of open alcohol by a driver, court records show.

Aurora police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said officers seized 219.09 grams of methamphetamine, which is about 7.7 ounces.

Ferrelli could not immediately provide a street value for the drugs.

Ferrelli said Duran-Contreras also was wanted on a no bond warrant out of DuPage County for failure to appear in court on a felony meth possession charge. One of Contreras’ passengers, a 30-year-old Joliet man, also was wanted by Illinois State Police on a traffic warrant, Ferrelli added.

At the time of Friday’s arrest, Duran-Contreras was free after posting $2,700 bond from a Dec. 12, 2018, arrest on felony charges he possessed less than 15 grams of the drug. He also was ticketed for failure to signal in the December incident, Kane Court records show.

If convicted in Friday’s case, he faces a punishment ranging from six years to 30 years in prison, as probation is not an option.

Duran-Contreras is being held at the Kane County jail on $100,000 bail, meaning he must post $10,000 to be released while the case is pending. He is next due in court Friday.




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