A California resident is facing Class X Felony drug charges in Effingham County.
45-year-old Selma, Callifornia resident Conrad Valdez was pulled over by Illinois State Police Troopers on Sunday, September 27th at approximately 10:26pm on Interstate 70 near milepost 103 in Effingham County. Police searched the semi-truck Valdez was driving, and found approximately 44 pounds, or 20 kilograms, of heroin. The street value of this amount of heroin is estimated at $3.5 million.
Following his arrest, Valdez was charged with Controlled Substance Trafficking and with Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance. Each charge is a Class X felony, as the substance was heroin in an amount of more than 900 grams.
Based on the amount of heroin involved in the charges, if Valdez is convicted of the Controlled Substance Trafficking charge he would receive a mandatory prison sentence of 30 to 120 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance charge carries a mandatory sentence of 15 to 30 years.
Bond has been set for Valdez in the amount of $2 million. He will make his first appearance with counsel on Tuesday, October 6.
The matter remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.