Crime & Courts

Harvard man sentenced to 6 years in prison for cocaine, heroin convictions

HARVARD – A Harvard man found guilty of unlawful possession with intent to deliver cocaine and heroin was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison, according to the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Gregorio Pena, 33, of Harvard was given concurrent prison sentences of six years for the unlawful possession with intent to deliver cocaine and four years for the unlawful possession with intent to deliver heroin after a jury convicted Pena on both charges June 29, according to a news release.

Pena was arrested on an active arrest warrant about 12:15 p.m. Nov. 23, when Harvard police made a traffic stop on a vehicle in which he was a front passenger. Before being arrested, police saw Pena reach down the right side of his seat, according to the news release.

Harvard police searched the vehicle and found a plastic container with multiple baggies of cocaine and heroin in the spot where Pena had been reaching, according to the release. The street value of the cocaine and heroin was $1,000.

“We are pleased with the sentence and, as part of our broader strategy to combat opioid/heroin use in this county, will continue to seek extended prison terms for those accused of dealing this poison,” McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said in a statement.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Alexander J. Geocaris and Kyle R. Bruett.

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