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Delavan cocaine dealer behind bars

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
August 18, 2009
— A man charged Monday for dealing “a lot of cocaine” in Delavan also could face federal punishment for illegally residing in the United States.

Gerardo C. Hernandez, 28, of 502 Park Ave., Delavan, was charged in Walworth County with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Gail Montenegro said ICE has a detainer on Hernandez and he is to be turned over to federal officials after his release from custody in Walworth County.


Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube, who prosecutes most Walworth County drug cases, said Hernandez is a significant dealer in the Delavan area who was moving “a lot of cocaine in the community.”


“I believe there’s a lot of people in Delavan, after he was arrested, who are worried about where they’re going to find their cocaine,” Grube said.


Walworth County sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at Hernandez’s residence and recovered 12 baggies containing more than 6 ounces of cocaine and another baggie containing 9 grams of methamphetamine.


Deputies also found a digital scale, Mexican passport and a Mexican ID card that belonged to Hernandez.


Grube said Hernandez admitted selling about 2 ounces of cocaine per week, Grube said.


Hernandez said he would receive cocaine from California to sell in Delavan, Grube said.


Hernandez is an illegal immigrant from Mexico who sent money back to his home country, Grube said. The attorney would not confirm how often or how much money Hernandez would send to the country.


Hernandez is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday, Sept. 18. He remained in custody Monday in the Walworth County Jail a $75,000 cash bond.


If convicted, Hernandez faces 65 years in prison and $200,000 fine.



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