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2 charged in drug case where suspect was shot by feds in West Dundee

Richy Daniel Sanchez | Kane County sheriff's office

Two men were charged in connection with a federal drug investigation in which one of the accused was shot by agents in suburban West Dundee last week.

Shots were fired about 7 p.m. May 17 as the agents tried to arrest the men at Route 72 and Sleepy Hollow Road, according to a statement from the DEA.

Marcos Rojas, 27, of the Gage Park neighborhood in Chicago, was shot and was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, according to the authorities. Richy D. Sanchez, a 25-year-old Lake in the Hills resident, was taken into custody.

The agents met with Rojos and Sanchez in Elgin to purchase cocaine, the Kane County state’s attorney’s office said. During the meeting, the men drove off with a kilogram of cocaine in their vehicle and agents followed in pursuit.

Their vehicle was stopped in West Dundee, but Rojas drove toward an agent, who fired shots, striking him, prosecutors said.

No agents or officers were injured. A handgun was recovered.

Rojas and Sanchez were each charged with felony counts of armed violence, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and possession of a controlled substance, the state’s attorney’s office announced Friday.

Sanchez was ordered held at the Kane County Judicial Center on a $750,000 bond, authorities said. Rojas’ bond was set at $2 million, and he remains hospitalized.

The shooting is being investigated by Illinois State Police and the West Dundee Police Department.