Police: Fellow Cop Delivered Pot in Squad Car

Search of car revealed another illegal drug

By Matt Bartosik
|  Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010  |  Updated 1:21 PM CDT
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In far west Earlville, a boy in blue is accused of using his squad car to deliver bags of green.

Sgt. Sergio Fuentes of North Aurora was arrested by the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team (Tri-DENT) Friday night and taken to the LaSalle County Jail after he allegedly sold marijuana from his police car.

Fuentes was still on duty when he delivered the pot to an undercover agent, according to police. He was arrested later at his own police station for possession of a controlled substance and official misconduct.

Officers searched Fuentes' personal car, where they found more marijuana. Police Chief Joe Plumlee requested a search of the squad car as well and found yet another drug, Clonazepam, a muscle relaxant, for which Fuentes had no prescription.

The charges come as a surprise to Fuentes' peers. He had been with the department nearly three years and was in good standing.

"As a city, obviously we're very disappointed," Mayor Mike Hall said, according to the Beacon-News.

Fuentes has been suspended without pay but has been allowed to keep his medical benefits for now.

The 41-year-old officer posted $7,500 bond and was released from jail. His next court hearing is set for Thursday. He faces up to eight years in prison total for the two charges.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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