Citizen Complaints Lead to Arrest of McHenry Drug Dealer

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff Department:

McHenry Man Arrested on Drug Charges

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force (which includes Task Force Officers from Lake in the Hills PD, McHenry City PD and Woodstock PD) arrested Edward M. Ramirez, 20,
of McHenry Tuesday on multiple drug charges.

Ramirez is being held on no bond.

The arrest follows a two-month investigation, launched in the wake of numerous citizen complaints
of drug dealing from a residence in the 3200 block of Cherry Avenue in McHenry and other locations
in Island Lake.

Ramirez was arrested and a search was conducted at his home.

At the conclusion of the investigation, detectives seized

  • 76 tabs of LSD;
  • 705.85 grams of cannabis;
  • less than a gram of cocaine;
  • $510 in United States Currency;
  • packaging materials; and
  • a scale.

The estimated street value of the narcotics seized is approximately $15,000.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information regarding criminal
activities to contact either the McHenry County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-762-STOP (7867), The
McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (815) 338-2144, or the tip line email address; Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward
up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the offender(s).


  • Edward M. Ramirez, Male, 20, 3200 block Cherry Ave., McHenry


  • 2 counts – Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (class X)
  • 2 counts – Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (class 1)
  • Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (class 2)
  • Unlawful Delivery of Cannabis (class 2)
  • Unlawful Possession of Cannabis (class 3)
  • 2 counts – Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (class 4)

Next court date: December 12, 2018 at 8:30 a.m., No Bond

The charges against this individual are merely allegations against him. All defendants are presumed innocent untilproven guilty in a court of law.


Citizen Complaints Lead to Arrest of McHenry Drug Dealer — 9 Comments

  1. Several of these ‘citizen’s complaints’ were made by me.

    My first complaint was January 3rd, 2018.

    Second was made April 2nd, 2018 (after a very busy drug weekend)

    My third complaint was made June 4th, 2018 (again after an even busier drug weekend)

    My fourth complaint was made July 4th, 2018 (drug dealers seem to be busier on weekends and holidays)

    Sheriff’s office laughed at my complaints.

    I gave up.

    Do we live in Mexico?, I asked after nothing was done.

    Intake deputy said ‘Keep it up and you’ll be down here charged with a hate crime.’

    Apparently other citizens persisted.

    Or new deputies were involved.

  2. Retiree, are you kidding us?!?!

    I’m glad you brought your treatment to light!

    What sheriffs Dept was this?


    Or State?

    Or what?

  3. Herb, there ain’t no “State” Sherrif.

    Why would Retiree call Lake or Cook county?

  4. Apparently there is sufficient and widespread demand from everyday citizens to justify the risk and windfall that can be had by dealing drugs.

    Stop the demand, kill the opportunity.

    It would be interesting to see his list of customers by name, age, and occupation.

    It could shed light on a more disturbing picture.

  5. What about the Drug House on Short St., Crystal Lake. It shouldn’t be too hard to find. It’s the only house on the little street.

    Who’s protecting the Drug Kingpin hanging there?

    Maybe Mr. Acosta knows or can find out rather quickly.

    I wonder how much is being paid to local LE — been goin’ on undisturbed for MANY years.


    This is a sum of money that is paid to a gang leader or criminal that will ensure that a business is safe from attack by another gangs and criminals operating in the area.

    Payment is usually made due to threats about non-payment against the business owner.

    Sometimes protection money is the sum paid by an illegal business owner (pimp, drug dealer, illegal arms trafficker, etc.) on a regular basis to insure that law enforcement will not interfere or even aid the criminal enterprise situated in a certain location or general area.

  6. Did anyone watch the meeting yesterday?

    There were a few commenters who brought up muh weed.

    One was a nervous Kathryn Potter who made an insensitive joke about Kenneally’s drinking.

    The board ignored her questions and it seemed like, from the tone of his voice, that Jack Franks does not like her one bit!

    And the guy after Potter had a quote about weed and “ginger ni****s”.

    Then there was a guy complaining about solar panels being near his property.

    He felt they should be *somewhere* but not by *his* property.

    Public comments, like usual, were a shit show.

    The rest of the meeting was smooth.

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