Heroin conviction brings 10-year prison term
WATSEKA — A Watseka man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for selling heroin near an elementary school in that Iroquois County city.
Estaban Saenz, 33, was sentenced by Judge Gordon Lustfeldt after being convicted of delivery of a controlled substance at a bench trial Jan. 18, according to a news release from the Iroquois County state's attorney's office.
In late June, investigators for the Iroquois County sheriff's office and Watseka Police Department observed Saenz selling heroin near Nettie Davis Elementary School. Police arrested him as part of a narcotics sting operation that netted 25 arrests, the release said.
Saenz's criminal history includes convictions for burglary and theft. At the time of his drug arrest, he was on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Assistant State's Attorney Alex O'Brien prosecuted the case. Saenz was represented by attorney Lance Camp of Paxton.