Man who fled after drug arrest gets 14 years for selling cocaine

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Pedro Giles | Kane County state’s attorney’s office

An Aurora man who was convicted of dealing cocaine in the western suburb has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Pedro Giles, 37, was convicted Jan. 24 of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after a two-day jury trial, according to the Kane County state’s attorney’s office.

Giles and two co-defendants–50-year-old Javier Perez and 44-year-old Ricardo Lopez Magallon–were arrested in December 2002 during an undercover investigation by the North Central Narcotics Task Force, prosecutors said. Investigators had made arrangements to buy three ounces of cocaine from Perez, and met him in a parking lot in the 200 block of South Lake Street in Aurora.

Perez said he didn’t have enough cocaine but could get more, according to prosecutors. He called Magallon, who agreed to help the undercover officers purchase more cocaine, and drove with them to the first block of North Root Street to wait for Giles.

When Giles arrived, he sold the officers about 86 grams of cocaine for $2,400, prosecutors said. They then arrested Giles and Magallon before returning to Perez, buying 1.65 grams of cocaine from him for $75 and arresting him as well.

During a subsequent search of Giles’ home in the 300 block of Old Indian Train in Aurora, police found between 400 and 900 grams of cocaine and $1,400 in cash, prosecutors said. He admitted to investigators the money and drugs were his.

After the three men were charged, they posted bond, were released and ran away, prosecutors said. Giles was arrested in Montgomery County, Texas, in October 2014, and extradited back to Kane County in November 2014.

Judge Linda Abrahamson handed down the 14-year sentence Wednesday, according to the state’s attorney’s office. Giles will receive credit for 912 days served in the Kane County jail.

Perez and Magallon remain at-large with warrants out for their arrest. Anyone with information about their whereabouts can leave an anonymous tip with the North Central Narcotics Task Force at (847) 608-3242 or online at ncntf.org/TIPS.php.

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