Naperville: Pre-Trial Release Denied for West Chicago Man Charged with Selling Cocaine to Undercover Officer
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~ A West Chicago man has been detained pre-trial after being accused of selling cocaine to an undercover officer in Naperville. DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Jason Arres announced today that Judge Joshua Dieden granted the State's motion to detain Jeremy Soto, 29, at his First Appearance Court hearing this morning.

Soto, who resides on the 300 block of Ann Street, appeared in court facing three counts of Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine. The charges include two Class X felonies and one Class 1 felony.

According to authorities, the Naperville Police Department had been conducting ongoing investigations into the sale of illegal narcotics in the area when they identified Soto as a potential source. It is alleged that on May 6, 2024, Soto sold approximately 2.5 grams of cocaine to an undercover officer while in a vehicle in downtown Naperville. Two weeks later, on May 20, it is alleged that Soto sold approximately 27.9 grams of cocaine to another undercover officer in the same location. Following this second sale, Soto was arrested and taken into custody.

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During his arrest, authorities found Soto to be in possession of approximately 21 individually wrapped baggies totaling around 20 grams of cocaine.

State's Attorney Berlin expressed satisfaction with Soto's detention, stating that "any day we are able to get a suspected drug dealer off the streets is a good day for DuPage County." He also commended the efforts of the Naperville Police Department for their proactive work in this case and their continued commitment to eliminating drug activity from their community. Assistant State's Attorneys Alexandria Levan and Conor Greene were also recognized for their efforts in securing charges against Soto.

Naperville Chief of Police Jason Arres echoed Berlin's sentiments, calling the arrest a "victory against those who try to sell drugs in our community." He also commended the dedicated efforts of his department's detectives and expressed gratitude towards State's Attorney Berlin and his team for their collaboration in upholding the safety and well-being of the community.

Soto's next court appearance is scheduled for June 10, 2024, where he will be arraigned in front of Judge Daniel Guerin. The public is reminded that Soto is innocent until proven guilty and is entitled to a fair trial where the government must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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