A man who was at one time considered one of McHenry County's top 10 most wanted fugitives has been sentenced to prison for possessing nearly 10 ounces of cocaine and $6,175 in cash.
McHenry County sheriff's officers arrested 36-year-old Jeremiah B. Pedersen, of Woodstock, in March 2018. His arrest marked the end of a six-month investigation that yielded about $28,400 worth of drugs, police said at the time.
On Friday, Pedersen accepted an offer from the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office and pleaded guilty to a Class X felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt sentenced Pedersen to nine years in prison. Under Truth in Sentencing guidelines, Pedersen must serve at least 75 percent of his sentence.
At the time of his arrest, Pedersen was accused of blowing through a stop sign and tossing two bags of cocaine out his car window while fleeing from police, according to a criminal complaint.
Officers discovered 3.2 ounces of cocaine as a result of the traffic stop, along with $4,500, scales, and multiple cell phones, according to a news release from the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office.
Police additionally used a warrant on March 21 to search Pedersen's home, where they seized another 7 ounces of cocaine and $1,675 cash, according to the release.
Pedersen's criminal history includes separate eight- and four-year prison sentences for unrelated drug charges, although he served the eight-year sentenced by attending boot camp.