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Craigslist Drug Bust Results in Felony Charges for Two Men

The McHenry Police Department tipped off the Lake County Sheriff's Department of an ad placed on Craigslist selling hydrocodone. Two suspects were arrested after being surrounded by police at the Walgreen's in Fox Lake.

Thomas A. Brown, 20, of Lake Villa. Credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office
Thomas A. Brown, 20, of Lake Villa. Credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office

Two men are facing felony drug charges in connection with an ad that was posted on Craigslist selling 120 hydrocodone pills for $360.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit received a tip from McHenry Police Department about the advertisement, according to a sheriff's office press release.

Detectives met Thomas A. Brown, 20, of the 200 Block of N. Milwaukee Avenue in Lake Villa, and Daniel D. Swan, 22, of the 200 Block of E. Grand Avenue in Fox Lake, at the Walgreens at 61 N. Route 12 in Fox Lake to purchase the pills.

Brown and Swan were surrounded. Brown rammed the red 1999 Nissan minivan he was driving into an unmarked squad car in an attempt to evade arrest. The Nissan was stopped a short time later and Brown resisted arrest.

Brown was charged with criminal damage to government supported property (Class 3 Felony); unlawful possession of lookalike substance (Class C Misdemeanor); unlawful possession of lookalike substance with intent to deliver (Class 3 Felony); unlawful possession of a controlled substance (Class 4 Felony); resisting a peace officer (Class A Misdemeanor); possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor); driving while license suspended (Class A Misdemeanor); aggravated reckless driving (Class 4 Felony); loud muffler; operating an uninsured motor vehicle; and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. 

Brown’s jail bond was set at $25,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 7.

Swan was charged with unlawful possession of lookalike substance (Class C Misdemeanor) and unlawful possession of lookalike substance with intent to deliver (Class 3 Felony).

Swan’s jail bond was set at $5,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 29.

Submitted by the Lake County Sheriff's Office

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