Friday, April 19, 2019
West Chicago Man Charged with Illegal Possession/Intent to Deliver Narcotics
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that felony drug charges have been filed against a West Chicago man accused of possessing large quantities of illegal narcotics and marijuana. Jason Gray, (d.o.b. 4/1/1978) of 814 Burr Oaks Drive, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Jeffrey MacKay set bond at $500,000 with 10% to apply. Grey has been charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, a Class X Felony and one count of Possession with Intent to Deliver Cannabis, a Class 1 Felony. Additionally, Gray, who is a convicted felon, was charged with one count of Unauthorized Use of a Weapon by a Felon, a Class 3 Felony. Judge Mackay also granted the State’s motion for a proof of funds hearing at which Mr. Gray will have to prove that any funds used towards his bail were not illegally obtained.
On April 17, 2019, as part of their continued efforts against illegal narcotics, the West Chicago Police Department executed a search warrant at Gray’s home. It is alleged that once inside the home, officers located a safe inside the closet of Gray’s bedroom. It is alleged that the safe contained approximately 462 grams of cocaine, approximately 26.1 grams of fentanyl and approximately 89.9 grams of mushrooms. It is further alleged that in the closet near the safe officers found approximately 2,930 grams of cannabis in duffle bags. It is alleged that officers also found a .45 caliber Taurus handgun on top of the safe. Gray was taken into custody at this time.
“In 2018, DuPage County suffered ninety-eight opioid deaths,” Berlin said. “Of those deaths, two thirds were fentanyl related. 26.1 grams of fentanyl is an extremely large amount capable of causing countless deaths. Thanks to the efforts of the West Chicago Police Department however, those 26.1 grams of fentanyl will never make it to the streets. I thank the West Chicago Police Department for their fine work on this case and for their continued efforts in clearing our streets of dangerous narcotics. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Kathleen Rowe for her work in preparing a strong case against Mr. Gray.”
If convicted, Gray faces a penalty of up to twelve to fifty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.