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Faulkner pleads guilty to drug charge

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 2:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 2:47 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — A Tinley Park man has been placed on five years probation after pleading guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 1 felony of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine.

Kevin Faulkner, 30, entered his guilty plea on June 27 in Bureau County Court before Associate Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich. As condition to his five years of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) probation, Faulkner was ordered to pay fines, fees and court costs totaling $5,000, to serve six months in the Bureau County Jail, and to receive counseling from TASC.

In January 2012, the TRIDENT task force was conducting an investigation into the sale of cocaine from a person known as “Sid.” Through the use of a confidential source, arrangements were made to buy cocaine from “Sid.” Under the surveillance of TRIDENT task force officers, “Sid,” now identified as Kristopher Koch, and Faulkner met with the confidential source and a TRIDENT officer. Faulkner delivered about 3.2 grams of a powdery substance to the officer and cooperating individual. The officer and cooperating individual accompanied Faulkner and Koch to another residence to retrieve more controlled substances. The laboratory determined those substances to be cocaine.

Faulkner was indicted on May 11, 2012, and arrested on Dec. 28, 2012.

This is Faulkner’s first felony conviction. He has prior convictions for battery and domestic battery in 2003 in Cook County and for possession of drug paraphernalia in 2011 in Will County.

On April 24, Koch, 29, of Wyanet pleaded guilty to the Class 1 felony of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine, and to the Class 4 felony of unlawful possession of another’s credit card. He was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and was recommended for the Impact Incarceration Program.

While out on bond, Koch used a credit card owned by a person without that person’s authority. For that conviction, Koch was then sentenced to four months in the Bureau County Jail, placed on two and one-half years conditional discharge and ordered to pay fines of $407 and restitution of $136.

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