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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Bond Set For Two Addison Men Charged with Illegal Possession/Intent to Deliver Heroin

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Chicago Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Brian M. McKnight announced today that felony drug charges have been filed against two Addison men accused of possessing approximately one kilogram of heroin. Luis Ortiz, 24 (d.o.b. 12/23/1994) of 505 Stevens Drive and Christian Cardenas, 23 (d.o.b. 8/29/1995) of 733 N. Lincoln, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge John Kinsella set bond at $300,000 with 10% to apply for each defendant. Both men have been charged with one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, a Class X Felony. Judge Kinsella also granted the State’s motion for a proof of funds hearing at which the defendants will have to prove that any funds used towards bail were not illegally obtained.  

On April 30, 2019, as part of their continued efforts against illegal narcotics, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) executed a search warrant previously obtained for a used car dealership in Addison owned by Cardenas. While executing the search warrant, DEA officers allegedly found one kilogram of heroin inside a vehicle on the lot. Both Cardenas and Ortiz, an employee of the dealership, were taken into custody following a brief foot chase.  

  “In 2018, more than half of the ninety-eight opioid deaths in DuPage County were heroin related,” Berlin said. “One kilogram of heroin is an extraordinary amount with a street value of between $200,000-$300,000. Most concerning however, is the number of deaths that amount of heroin could cause. Thanks to the efforts of the DEA and the Addison Police Department however, that kilo of heroin will never make it to the streets. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Lindt for his work on this case and his continued efforts in ridding our streets of dangerous narcotics.”

“The Drug Enforcement Administration is committed to working with our state and local law enforcement partners and this case is a true reflection of those partnerships,” McKnight said.  “Drug Dealers are put on notice. If you seek to distribute heroin in DuPage County or anywhere else in Illinois you will be held accountable for your actions.”

  If convicted, the defendants face a penalty of up to fifteen to sixty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections to be served at 75%.

  Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendants’ guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.