CHICAGO — A Gage Park man was arrested and charged with selling illegal drugs after federal agents found more than 110 pounds of heroin and cocaine in the attic of his apartment, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.
Marcelino Nunez-Hurtado, 47, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and is expected to appear in court Sept. 26, officials said.
Nunez-Hurtado was arrested Wednesday after agents searched his South Side apartment and found tools used to measure and package drugs, according to court records.
Agents discovered an entrance to the apartment's attic after they found a screwdriver near an access panel above the landing of a flight of stairs, according to court records.
Agents retrieved dozens of rectangular bricks of heroin weighing more than 90 pounds as well as several bricks of cocaine weighing about 20 pounds, according to court records.
Nunez-Hurtado could face life in prison if convicted of the charges, according to federal officials.
Nunez-Hurtado was arrested based on information developed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who relied on information provided by a confidential informant and "extensive surveillance," according to federal officials.
Hours before Nunez-Hurtado's apartment was searched, agents saw Nunez-Hurtado hand what officials said they believed was cocaine to someone sitting in the passenger seat of a Cadillac Escalade parked in an alley behind the Gage Park residence, according to court records.
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