Two Darien men plead not guilty to drug charges

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Gazette Staff
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
— Two Darien men pleaded not guilty Tuesday to several charges of dealing cocaine in Walworth County.

The men were moving large amounts of cocaine in the community and were arrested after a months-long investigation by the Walworth County Sheriff's Office Drug Unit, said Sgt. Jeff Patek, who heads the unit.

Jorge Quinonez 29, of 24 Market St., Darien, is charged with seven counts of delivery of cocaine and one count of possession cocaine with intent to deliver. Jorge's father Roberto Quinonez, 53, who lived at the same address, is charged with five counts of delivery of cocaine.

The drug unit seized 14 ounces of cocaine, $31,000 in cash, a 2006 Chrysler 300, a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer, a 1999 Dodge Intrepid and a 2000 Chevy pickup truck, according to sheriff's office officials.

Jorge Quinonez faced 45 years when he pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to deliver cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park in 2006. He was accused of selling nearly 5 ounces of cocaine to a police informant between July and August 2005. Police also found more than $100,000 cash and more than an ounce of cocaine at his Sweet Road apartment in Darien.

According to court records, Quinonez's was sentenced to one year in jail and eight years probation.

Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube expects Jorge's probation to be revoked. If that happens, the Darien man could be sentenced to 45 years on the 2006 charge plus the 145 years he faces for the recent charges.

Jorge and Roberto Quinonez are being held on $75,000 cash bond each. They are expected in court Wednesday, Oct. 21, for a status hearing.

Last updated: 11:19 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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