Article: St. Charles man charged in Ecstasy bust attempts escape on way to jail

Originally published in the Kane County Chronicle on May 29, 2010

ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles man charged with possession and intent to deliver Ecstasy and marijuana received more charges after attempting to escape the vehicle that was transporting him to the Kane County Jail.

Justin Henneghan, 23, of the 100 block of Walnut Drive, St. Charles, has been charged with possession of Ecstasy with the intent to deliver, possession of Ecstasy, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated battery to a police officer, attempted escape and resisting a police officer.

On Thursday, the Illinois State Police North Central Narcotics Task Force searched Henneghan’s apartment after a two-month investigation. Henneghan is the sole resident.

According to a release from the task force, during the execution of the search warrant, Henneghan jumped out the second-story window of the apartment in an effort to elude task force agents. Henneghan did not suffer any injuries in the fall and was detained by St. Charles Police Department officers assisting at the scene.

During a search of the apartment, according to the release, task force agents seized 191 pills of suspected Ecstasy, about 190 grams of high-grade marijuana, and drug paraphernalia associated with both the use of and sale of marijuana and Ecstasy. The Ecstasy has an estimated street value of $4,775, and the marijuana has an estimated street value of $3,800.

While being transported to Kane County Jail, Henneghan attempted to escape from the vehicle while kicking the transporting task force agent, according to the release. With the assistance of an off-duty Carol Stream police officer, the agent was able to subdue Henneghan. Henneghan then was transported to Delnor Hospital, where he was treated and released for minor abrasions.

Possession of Ecstasy with the intent to deliver is a Class X felony; possession of Ecstasy is a Class 1 felony; aggravated battery to a police officer is a Class 2 felony; possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and attempted escape are Class 3 felonies; possession of marijuana is a Class 4 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a police officer are Class A misdemeanors.

He is being held at Kane County Jail, and his bail is set at $300,000. His next court date is Friday.

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