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Crime & Courts

Two St. Charles residents face drug charges

ST. CHARLES – After a search of their home last week, two St. Charles residents face felony drug charges after police say they found marijuana and cocaine.

Michael Stellwagen, 42, and Susanne L. Russell, 52, both of the 43W700 block of Fescue Court in St. Charles, were charged Jan. 25 after police obtained a warrant and searched their home.

Master Sgt. Bill Backus with the North Central Narcotics Task Force said the search turned up 1,017 grams – just over two pounds – of marijuana, and 51.2 grams – just over two ounces – of cocaine. He said police also found packaging material and two scales. He said the cocaine was valued between $2,500 and $5,000 and the marijuana was valued between $4,000 and $6,000.

Stellwagen was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a Class 2 felony. Russell was charged with possession of cannabis, a Class 3 felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony.

Backus said Stellwagen was home when the warrant was executed about 10 a.m., and Russell later was charged when she went to the St. Charles Police Department for questioning.

Lt. Pat Gengler, spokesman for the Kane County Sheriff's Office, said Stellwagen and Russell were released from the Kane County Jail after posting bail.

Backus said police received information about drugs being sold out of the home and found probable cause to search the home after a short investigation. He said anyone with information about drug activity may leave an anonymous tip by visiting www.ncntf.org.

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