Former Cook County police officer accused of involvement in the cocaine trafficking from Mexico to Illinois
POWER EDGE – Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office press release charges have been brought against a former Cook County Sheriff’s police officer who is accused of being involved in an international drug trafficking conspiracy.
According to the press release, Juan Carmona, 46, of Burr Ridge is accused of being involved in the cocaine trafficking from Mexico to Illinois. He has been charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy, criminal drug conspiracy, trafficking in controlled substances, possession of a controlled substance for delivery purposes, and possession of a controlled substance.
The case is pending in the Will County Circuit Court and if convicted, Carmona faces up to 30 to 120 years in prison. Carmona’s bond has been set at $ 1 million and his next court date is December 10, according to a press release.
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According to the press release, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) discovered Carmona’s alleged involvement in an international cocaine trafficking operation in 2019. In July 2019, security officials found over 16 kilograms of cocaine from two Illinois homes owned by Carmona, the release said.
Carmona reportedly told agents the cocaine was from Mexico and admitted she was part of an operation that smuggled the cocaine into Illinois.
“I have made working with local and state law enforcement a priority as part of my office’s work to protect communities in Illinois, and I am particularly proud when that collaboration leads to indictments against those using drugs across county, state, or even sell across international borders, ”said Raoul. “I appreciate the diligence of Homeland Security Investigations and the Will County State office, James W. Glasgow, in helping us try to disrupt criminal operations and hold people accountable for dealing and selling dangerous drugs.”
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Raoul’s office and Will County State’s office, James W. Glasgow, will jointly pursue the Carmona case.
“This indictment is a great example of what can be achieved when state and local law enforcement agencies work together,” said R. Sean Fitzgerald, acting special adviser for HSI Chicago. “HSI will continue to ensure that those involved in drug trafficking are held accountable.”
According to the press release, Raoul’s office previously had Luis Felipe Cantu-Reyes – who allegedly was also involved in the illegal action – the controlled substance trafficking, the calculated criminal drug conspiracy, the criminal drug conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance , Money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Cantu-Reyes’ case is pending in Will County Circuit Court, the announcement said.
“These charges are the result of a cooperative, joint effort by law enforcement agencies that is vital in a multi-jurisdictional case like this,” said Glasgow.
The public is reminded that the accused remain innocent until proven guilty in court.