A 27-year-old man was arrested in Lake County after prosecutors say he sold ecstasy pills to undercover officers more than once. Raul A. Medina, 27, of Cicero, was charged with making or giving away ecstasy, having ecstasy on his person, and having two controlled substances.
Court records show that Medina was picked up by the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group on January 13. Tim Niehus, an assistant state’s attorney in Lake County, said an undercover officer set up a meeting for December 30 through Snapchat.
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The officer and Medina met at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake so that the officer could buy MDMA pills from Medina. Niehus said at a bond hearing that when they met, the officer bought MDMA tablets. The tablets worked in the field.
On January 13, Medina and the undercover officer set up a second meeting. Niehus said the officer paid $250 to buy 30 MDMA pills from Medina. The deal was made at the Hyatt Regency in Deerfield, where he was arrested.
The most severe charge against Medina is a Class X felony, which can get him six to thirty years in prison. Judge Patricia Cornell of Lake County said Medina should be held on a $50,000 bond. After putting up $5,000 cash, Medina was released from the Lake County Jail. On March 9, there will be a preliminary hearing.
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