California man sentenced for trucking 17 kilos of heroin through Effingham County

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 46-year-old California man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Southern Illinois to a one count indictment charging possession with intent to distribute more than 1 kilogram of heroin.

Conrad Valdez, Jr. (Source: ECSO)
Conrad Valdez, Jr.
(Source: ECSO)

Conrad Valdez, Jr., of Selma, California, was arrested during a September 2015 traffic stop in Effingham County, when officers  located approximately 17 kilograms of heroin in Valdez’s truck. Valdez was transporting the heroin from California to Joliet.

The investigation established that Valdez had made previous trips for the purpose of transporting drugs and U.S. currency from the distribution of drugs. At sentencing, the judge determined that Valdez was responsible for transporting 17 kilograms of heroin, 33 kilograms of cocaine, and 20 kilograms of methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Central Illinois Enforcement Group, and Illinois State Police. The Effingham County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.

In addition to the 144 month prison sentence, Valdez was also ordered to serve 5 years’ supervised release, and fined $400.00.