ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – An Aurora man tied to the “largest cocaine seizure” in Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez’s career was being held Friday on $5 million bond.
Jesus Montes, 43, of the 1600 block of Cambridge Avenue, was charged this week with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver more than 900 grams of cocaine, a Class X felony; possession of a controlled substance more than 900 grams of cocaine, a Class 1 felony; and money laundering, a Class 1 felony.
In a news conference Friday at the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Perez said a three-month investigation led to Montes’ arrest.
He and Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said they were unable to go into many details but said authorities seized about $295,569 in cash and 17 kilograms of cocaine – which has an estimated street value of more than $1.6 million – from Montes’ home Tuesday morning.
Kane County sheriff’s investigators and investigators from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement executed a search warrant at the house with the help of the Kane County Regional SWAT Team and Drug Enforcement Agency, Perez said.
Cambridge Avenue is off Orchard Road, south of the intersection with West Galena Boulevard. Montes’ wife and 1-year-old child were home at the time of the arrest, McMahon said.
Montes does not have a criminal history that Kane County authorities are aware of, Perez said. He described the cocaine seizure as the largest in his career, which spans more than 20 years.
Montes’ bond was set at $5 million Wednesday, meaning he must post $500,000 bail. He is expected in court March 21.
It is believed Montes is a Mexican citizen, McMahon said.
He said ICE is involved and has placed a hold on Montes’ custody.