Heroin seizure believed to be largest ever in Kane County

By on April 29, 2011

Kane County—The Kane County Sheriff’s Department confiscated what officials believe to be the largest amount of heroin ever seized in Kane County following a routine traffic stop Monday in Elgin.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, a deputy on Monday made a traffic stop at Route 25 and Luda Street in Elgin for failure to signal when required. The driver, who was the sole occupant, did not have a valid driver’s license.

During the investigation, the deputy had reason to believe the driver was transporting illegal narcotics into the Chicago area. The deputy then located a hidden compartment in the vehicle. Once deputies were able to access the compartment, more than seven kilograms of heroin was discovered. The heroin is believed to have a street value of approximately $2.1 million.

According to Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez, this is a major seizure of heroin. During the past several years the heroin problem in the suburbs has gained national attention. The narcotics seized as a result of this traffic stop most certainly would have made its way to the suburbs and Kane County. This seizure, which is believed to be the largest in the history of Kane County, hopefully will choke off some of the supply of the highly addictive and deadly narcotic, he said.

The driver, Claudia Chagoya, was taken to the Kane County Adult Corrections Center. The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized one count each of the following charges against Chagoya:
• Controlled Substance Trafficking, a Class X felony
• Unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a Class X felony
• Unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony
• Unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony

Claudia Chagoya, female, 41, of El Paso, Texas, is a Mexican citizen who held a valid passport at the time of her arrest. She was scheduled to appear in bond call on Wednesday at the Kane County Judicial Center.

The charges against Chagoya are not proof of guilt. A defendant 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.