Benavidez pleads guilty to heroin felony
PRINCETON – A Princeton man has been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to the Class 1 felony of unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, heroin.
Nathan D. Benavidez, 28, entered his guilty plea Sept. 20 before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei. Benavidez was sentenced to seven and one-half years in prison and ordered to pay fines, fees and court costs totaling $2,022 within one year of his release from prison.
On May 9, the TRIDENT task force received information that Benavidez would be returning to Bureau County from Chicago with a large amount of heroin. Based on this information, a traffic stop was performed on the vehicle in which Benavidez was a passenger. The police recovered about 68 bags containing a white powdery substance on and around Benavidez within the vehicle. Twenty-five of those bags were analyzed by the crime lab and determined to be 5.7 grams of heroin.
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