Rural MP man indicted on additional counts in illegal drug case

By on September 29, 2010

Second person also indicted in case

MAPLE PARK—A rural Maple Park man charged last month in a narcotics and money laundering scheme has been indicted on additional counts. In addition, a Chicago man was indicted in the case.

Fernando Pilar-Lopez, 37, of the 2N block of Meredith Road, Maple Park, was indicted Sept. 28 by a Kane County grand jury on two counts of criminal drug conspiracy, each a Class X felony, six counts of money laundering, each a Class 1 felony, one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony.

Pilar-Lopez had been arrested after a search of his residence Aug. 26 revealed approximately $1 million in cash and 2,800 grams of a controlled substance that tested positive for cocaine and had a street value of $280,000. At that time, he was charged with one count of criminal drug conspiracy, a Class X felony, one count of money laundering, a Class 1 felony, and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony.

Also on Sept. 28, Dennis Campbell, 32, of the 1600 block of South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, was indicted by a Kane County jury on six counts of money laundering, each a Class 1 felony.

Campbell is alleged to have transferred cash to another person, Pilar-Lopez, after receiving narcotics.

The charges against Pilar-Lopez and Campbell are not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case remains under investigation.