From the State’s Attorney’s Office:
DEREK SCHWANTNER FOUND GUILTY OF POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AFTER A JURY TRIAL
Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that on August 16, 2022, 33-year-old Derek Schwantner of Antioch, Illinois, was found guilty of Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (heroin), a Class 1 felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance (heroin), a Class 4 felony, and related traffic offenses, after a jury trial.
On August 9, 2021, Schwanter was pulled over by Officer Lance Jones of the Crystal Lake Police Department and found to have no driver’s license or insurance.
A search of Schwanter’s vehicle revealed that he had 55 bags of heroin in the center console.
Schwantner also had four cell phones and $457 in United States Currency.
Detective Michael Maloney of the Crystal Lake Police Department testified as an expert in street level narcotics and explained to the jury that the amount of heroin that Schwantner had was considerably more than a drug user would have for their own personal use.
Maloney further explained that based on the amount of heroin, its packaging, and the other evidence, it was clear that Schwantner was engaged in dealing heroin.
Schwanter will be sentenced by the Honorable James Cowlin on October 6, 2022.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Ken Hudson and Matthew Brodersen.