Elburn man pleads not guilty to drug charges

By on June 19, 2009

If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Mark L. Burger of Elburn pleaded not guilty June 10 to several drug-related charges, including illegally storing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

Burger, 41, of the 1400 block of Melbourne Street near Blackberry Creek Elementary School, remains free on a $10,000 bond he posted last December after being indicted for the alleged offenses, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office.

He entered the plea during his arraignment in Kane County Circuit Court.

The State’s Attorney’s Office alleges that Burger illegally stored drugs containing methadone in his house, with intent to deliver them, in March 2008; that Burger illegally acquired and delivered a controlled substance containing hydrocodone in February 2008; and that between January 2006 and April 2008, Burger at various times illegally possessed large amounts of drugs containing methadone and hydrocodone with the intent to deliver.

He allegedly obtained the drugs from a St. Charles pharmacy where he worked.

Under state law, a controlled substance must be stored at an address registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Following the indictment six months ago, Burger surrendered to police and posted bond on $100,000 bail. His next court date is July 9 in Courtroom 311 of the Kane County Judicial Center in front of Judge Allen Anderson.

The indictment includes three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, one a Class X felony, one a Class 1 felony and one a Class 3 felony; three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, one a Class 1 felony and two Class 4 felonies; unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class X felony; two counts of unlawful acquisition of a controlled substance, each a Class 4 felony; and one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony.

If convicted of the most serious charges, Burger could be sentenced to up to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.