McHenry County SWAT Team Raids 17,000 Square Foot Bull Valley Home, Find Pot & 50-Caliber Machine Gun

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney:

Multi-Agency Task Force Arrest Two Cannabis Dealers

ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Rockford Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Rockford Task Force, McHenry County Narcotics Task Force, Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, and McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office announced updates today of an ongoing narcotics investigation.

For the last several months, the Rockford Police Narcotics Unit has been conducting an investigation regarding the sale of narcotics in and around the Rockford area.

During the course of that investigation, they identified two suspects: 34-year-old Joseph Vogrinc, of Loves Park, and 42-year-old David Soskin of Bull Valley, Illinois.

In the late evening hours on Thursday, May 18, 2017, Rockford narcotics detectives, accompanied by agents from the DEA Rockford Task Force, conducted a traffic stop in the 4900 block of Rolex Parkway in Loves Park. Vogrinc’s residence was also searched as a part of the investigation.

More than 5,000 grams of cannabis, over $55,000 in United States currency, and one vehicle was recovered and seized.

The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the following charges for:

Joseph Vogrinc

ARRESTED: Joseph Vogrinc, 34, Loves Park, Ill.

CHARGES:   Possession with intent to deliver cannabis >5,000 grams (Class X Felony)

BOND:         No Bond

Vogrinc was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail in lieu of no bond.

As the investigation continued, Rockford narcotics detectives and agents from the DEA Rockford Task Force partnered with officers from the McHenry County Narcotics Task Force.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence and property at 1001 Cherry Valley Road in Bull Valley, Ill. which consists of more than 30 acres, multiple buildings and a 17,000 square-foot primary residence.

Location of 1001 Cherry Valley Road, Bull Valley

Based on information obtained during the investigation, the McHenry County SWAT team, with assistance from Rockford and McHenry County narcotics officers, and agents from the DEA Rockford Task Force, executed the warrant in the early morning hours of Friday, May 19, 2017.

1001 Cherry Valley Road, Bull Valley, Illinois.

Two residents, one of whom was Soskin, were located inside of the primary residence.

Multiple firearms, including a 50-caliber machine gun, ammunition, United States currency, and a large amount of cannabis were recovered and seized.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the following charges for:

David Soskin

ARRESTED: David Soskin, 42, Bull Valley, Ill.

CHARGES:   Manufacturing/delivery of cannabis >5,000 grams (Class X Felony) Cannabis trafficking >5,000 (Class X Felony)                    

Possession of cannabis >5,000 grams (Class 1 Felony)

BOND:         $100,000

”The scale of the proceeds of this investigation, including illegal substances, cash, weapons and all the trappings of an extravagant lifestyle, are astounding,” said McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim.

“We are very pleased to have contributed to the dismantling of a major drug trafficking enterprise and hope others involved in drugs will learn that they are not beyond the reach of law enforcement.”

“This is a perfect example of inter-agency cooperation, sharing of intelligence and uniting behind a common goal,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea.

“We will continue to work with our partner agencies throughout the region, and nationally, to combat the illegal sales of narcotics.”

This is an active ongoing investigation. No further information is available for release at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

All charges are merely allegations. All parties are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.


McHenry County SWAT Team Raids 17,000 Square Foot Bull Valley Home, Find Pot & 50-Caliber Machine Gun — 22 Comments


    No holiday partying for these guys this weekend – just BIG attorney’s fees.

  2. I wonder if it was really a machine gun or just a .50 caliber rifle that looked like a machine gun?

    Illegal possession of a machine gun can get you ten years in federal prison with no parole.

    There are also state charges possible, because only military, law enforcement, and licensed dealers can legally possess a machine gun in Illinois.

  3. Why aren’t these law enforcement personnel ever detailed to Chicago’s south side?

  4. Was he forced to engage in illegal activity to pay the property tax?

    Regardless, I hope there is no ‘plea bargaining’.

  5. I just looked at the story in the NW Herald.

    The picture wasn’t very good, but it looked like a Ma Duece machine gun.

    Many semiautomatic-only copies of those were made, and there are no special restrictions on ownership of the copies.

    The MCSD weren’t sure whether it is an operational machine gun or not, but a knowledgeable person should be able to determine that quite easily.

    If it is a real machine gun, the prosecutors should just turn the case over to the Feds.

    The defendant would end up doing more time, and the State of Illinois wouldn’t have to pay for the prosecution and incarceration.

  6. Chicago Tribune

    Hundreds of Pounds of Pot, Weapons seized from McHenry County Mansion: Officials

    by Amanda Marrazzo

    “More than 300 pounds of marijuana, tends of thousands of dollars in cash and multiple weapons, including a machine gun, have been confiscated from a McHenry County mansion, the culmination of a monthslong investigation into narcotics sales, authorities announced Thursday.”

  7. Too many of these scumbag dealers are setting up in the county.

    This is the second huge bust in a week, after the guy with pounds of heroin in Crystal Lake.

    I hope they keep ahead of it, but with all the low-income apartments coming into the area I worry that it’s going to get worse and worse.

  8. Cal please take down the picture of the supposed house involved in this matter. You, once again, have your information wrong. This house is not even in Bull Valley. It is currently for sale, and your crappy “reporting” is not helping the matter. Once again, correct yourself. NOW.

  9. looks like multiple PINs. Possible address 1005 Cherry Valley Rd. Bull Valley.
    sold for $800,000 in Dec. 2016
    Zestimate $2.68 mil
    assessed around $1.2 mil
    P-tax about $51,000

  10. Hey if Andy Zinke were to have won, this guy would’ve gotten a phone call warning him to hide the drugs in the bunker and flee.

    Remembering the call he gave to RITA Cosmetics, foiling the drug sting that WOULD HAVE brought down one of the largest drug busts in the county.

    Anyway, thank God, McHenry County got the right Sheriff.

    For your entertainment Here’s the guys Facebook page:

  11. Wow so the guy was also a big “HERBal Life” Distributor, Zig Ziglar Fan, and Willow Creek Church attendee.


  12. Surprised Bull Valley Police didn’t get some traffic citations from all the goings on.

  13. While the rest of us get up every day to scratch out a living in this tax haven we call McHenry County these scum sell drugs to our children and brag of their success on Facebook.

    Lock em up and throw away the key.

    Oh and don’t forget to seize the house and toys. Could even help keep our taxes down.

    Well one can hope anyway.

  14. I can’t believe that the purchase of the Bull Valley estate didn’t raise some serious red flags from a lot of different places.

    Neither of them appear to have the type of gainful employment necessary to secure that kind of financing, especially with the property taxes @ ~50k/year (real estate listing claims that they’d go down to $35k with exemptions). And if they paid cash, you’d think that would raise some eyebrows, too.

    According to another news source, Soskin claims to have made two trips to CA to pick up 500 pounds of marijuana each time, but I’d wager that this has been going on for a lot longer than that, and that there are a lot more people involved.

    Could be a warehouse or runner for the cartels, nothing surprises me around here anymore.

  15. It was His Mama’s house!

    She may be spinning in her grave!

    It’s rare to see a Jewish drug dealer.

  16. Job well done, big government! 2018, please do not delay. Tic, tock, tic, tock…

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