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Bull Valley man accused of marijuana trafficking hires new lawyer

WOODSTOCK – A Bull Valley man accused of trafficking hundreds of pounds of marijuana across the country has hired a new lawyer.

Attorney Nicholas C. Giordano, who runs his own law firm in Park Ridge, will represent David A. Soskin, 43, of 1001 Cherry Valley Road.

Soskin’s former lawyer, Dan Hofmann, told Judge Sharon Prather in August that the Donahue & Walsh firm would no longer represent Soskin. Soskin told Prather that he was interested in finding another lawyer, and he asked for time to do so.

Giordano said he has been representing Soskin since Sept. 25, and will represent him for both the criminal and forfeiture cases. He said there is no update in the case, and he is determining whether he will try to get back any of Soskin’s assets that were seized, adding that he just got involved, so it is too early to tell.

Soskin was arrested May 19, and Jamie M. Lee, a co-defendant and his fiancée, was taken into custody five days later after a months-long investigation that moved quickly after the arrest of a Loves Park man May 18 and the discovery of piles of marijuana the next day in the Bull Valley home the couple bought for $800,000 in December 2016.

Giordano said he had no comment on how Soskin is holding up in jail.

Sheriff’s deputies searched the couple’s Bull Valley home May 19 and found about 350 pounds of marijuana in a locked closet in the master bedroom, according to court documents.

The street value of the marijuana was estimated to be about $3.2 million.

Police also found a .50-caliber machine gun, a Cobray M11 machine pistol with a suppressor, a shotgun and several boxes of ammunition at the mansion, records show. 

Soskin faces weapons charges in addition to several serious drug charges.

The two face a minimum of
12 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

Prosecutors also have moved to seize the $800,000 mansion, cash, 
18 TVs and a number of vehicles, including a firetruck and a trailer fitted with a hidden compartment.

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