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Hamilton pleads guilty to drug felonies

PRINCETON — A Buda man has been placed on two years probation after pleading guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 4 felony of unlawful delivery of cannabis and to the Class 4 felony of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, heroin.

Zachary A. Hamilton, 21, entered guilty pleas to both offenses on Feb. 6 before Associate Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich. As conditions of his probation, Hamilton was to pay fines, fees and court costs totaling $2,000; attend counseling as recommended by the probation department; pay a $25 monthly probation fee; and serve three months in the Bureau County Jail.

Hamilton was represented in court by Assistant Public Defender Eric May. Prosecuting the case was State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann.

This is Hamilton’s first felony conviction. He is facing a felony drug offense in Woodford County.

In August 2013, the Blackhawk Task Force was conducting an investigation into narcotic transactions, with that investigation carrying over into Bureau County. On Aug. 19, 2013, Hamilton delivered 29 grams of cannabis to an undercover Blackhawk agent. When arrested later that day, Hamilton had 0.1 of a gram of heroin in his possession. He was then charged with both offenses.

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