Alleged drug dealer accused of using drug money to get out of jail

Alleged drug dealer accused of using drug money to get out of jail

URBANA — A suburban Chicago man accused of using drug money to post bond to get out of jail on drug charges last month is back in jail.

Marshall F. Giorango, 19, of Orland Park, was arrested Tuesday at the Champaign County courthouse on a warrant charging him with money laundering.

The arrest on the new charge was made when Giorango showed up for a pretrial court hearing on charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and Ecstasy that stemmed from his arrest Feb. 3 in the parking deck of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana by University of Illinois police.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said after Giorango's arrest last month, he allegedly made phone calls from the county jail on a jail phone line to a woman in Orland Park, which were recorded. The calls took place between Feb. 3 and 6. Clifton said.

"On the calls you can hear him telling her to acquire different drugs from different places and sell them and collect drug debts from people, all for the purpose of raising money to bond him out," said Clifton.

Giorango posted the $10,000 to be released from jail on Feb. 6, two days after he was arraigned on the charges.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark, who is prosecuting Giorango on the original case, said the woman with whom Giorango had been talking came to the jail with $10,000 in cash.

The officer who took the cash noticed that it smelled like cannabis, Clark said.

The original drug charges against Giorango are Class X felonies carrying a mandatory prison term of between six and 30 years in prison. If convicted of the money laundering charge, any sentence for that — a maximum of five years in prison — would have to be served after any sentence on the drug charges.

At Clark’s request, Judge Tom Difanis set a hearing in the money laundering case that would force Giorango, before he can be released from jail on the new charge, to prove that the bond money came from a legitimate source.

Difanis said he would hold that hearing April 16. Giorango continues to be held on $100,000 bond, meaning he’ll have to come up with $10,000 cash to be released.


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Ellen wrote on March 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm

What a tool. Did he think his phone conversations were private? Just smh...just smh 

Bulldogmojo wrote on March 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Well it was stupid to make those calls, but don't drug dealers always post bail with money they got from selling drugs? Just like doctors who get arrested for selling pain killer prescriptions to oxycontin addicts.   

bettycat wrote on March 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

He laundered the money, yet it still smelled like cannabis? 

GeneralLeePeeved wrote on March 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Don't know if the weed-infused money proves much or not.  A study as recent as 2009 indicated that up to 90% of all $100 bills in circulation had traces of cocaine residue on them, so lot's of money is tainted with one thing or another.  Not saying that this guy is innocent of anything (and he's certainly no genius), but it'll be the phone calls that nail him, not the funny smelling currency

Local Yocal wrote on March 27, 2013 at 8:03 am
Sid Saltfork wrote on March 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

Of course; it is the profit motivated, law enforcement establishment fleecing the poor, and taxpayers in the drug wars.  You have a conspiracy theory again.

Perhaps, drug laws need to be changed.  Until that happens, it is still illegal to deal drugs.  The criminal knew the game he was playing; and he lost.  You want it to be the bad cops against the poor just trying to make a living.  You disregard the other crimes that are associated with the drug dealing.  Things are not as simple as a YouTube video.

Local Yocal wrote on March 27, 2013 at 11:03 am
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"You want it to be the bad cops against the poor just trying to make a living."

This isn't about "bad cops fleecing the poor/taxpayers." It's about BAD POLICY the prosecutors are strictly enforcing against the poor- and not the rich. The cinematic documentary I'm referring to, (not another homemade YouTube video) has testimony from many, including members of law enforcement, who admit that current drug policy is enriching those that build and operate prisons. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P. is comprised of thousands of law enforcement personnel) do admit that current drug policy does corrupt some police officers into being "bad."

"You disregard the other crimes that are associated with the drug dealing."

The "other crimes" are not associated with "drug dealing." They are associated with prohibition. The Cato Institute put out a study in 1991 that showed crime skyrocketed during the time of Alcohol Prohibition and it's the prohibition that causes auxillery crime. We no longer have Anheiser-Busch shooting it out with Miller Lite over who gets to sell where or who snitched on who. Phillip Morris is not driving by the offices of R.J. Reynolds with tommy machine guns....because....the product is LEGAL.

Quick history lesson for the kids at home:

Things are not as simple as detesting Local Yocal.

On April 9, Focus 580 talk radio will be having a representative from L.E.A.P. discussing The Drug War again and previewing The House I Live In movie.

Sid Saltfork wrote on March 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

What "products" would you want legal?  Not many will argue over marijuana.  What about cocaine?  What about heroin?  Some European countries have decriminalized the possession of drugs; but not the importation of drugs.  They have expanded clinics, and provided safe needles.  They still arrest dealers of heroin.  There are still murders, and theft for money to buy both the legal, and illegal drugs.  Heroin is highly addictive.  There are no easy answers; and no grand conspiracy.  It comes down to money.  The "rich" have money to buy drugs.  They do not have to kill, or steal to get it.  They have money to buy the best defense attorneys.  It is not fair; but "fair" is just a four letter word found only in the dictionary.

Local Yocal wrote on March 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm
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Clifford Thornton of Efficacy recommends the following: 

Legalize cannibus, sold like alcohol and cigarettes are today. Medicalize cocaine, heroin, escatasy, and LSD, where a person would need to show prior addiction or a reason for a doctor to prescribe it. (hard to imagine a doctor doing that, but managed addiction is better than incarceration.) Decriminalize meth and ice, and unauthorized prescriptions. 

For all drugs, nobody selling or possessing goes to jail. It is no longer the responsibility of law enforcement to babysit what people put in their mouths. The criminal justice system is totally out of that equation other than the regular illegal behavior that would be prosecuted after-the-fact. (Example: 80% of all aggravated batteries are alcohol-related.)

Here is where it gets interesting for me; we would certainly agree that whatever policy becomes, what we don't want is the doctor, nurse, daycare provider, attorney, teacher, bus driver, pilot, barber, chef, taxi driver, ect. arriving to work currently intoxicated on recreational drugs. Employers involving the public trust would have to be empowered to do random drug tests that test for current intoxication on all employees, and employees found ingesting an intoxicant within the last 8-12 hours would be subject to immediate termination. Employers involving the public trust found allowing employees to be intoxicated while on the job could be held monetarily liable for any damages the employee causes. The key technology needed is drug testing that tests for current intoxication, not mere ingestion within the last 30 days as is the current practice.

Thornton would still make it an illegal crime, and that would bring in the criminal justice system again, for anyone caught providing drugs to minors under 21 or 18 depending on how the laws are crafted. Those are very unpopular laws as "social hosting" and "parental responsibility" laws regarding alcohol/tobacco have become. Thornton is a hardliner when it comes to youth and drugs and the adults who enable it.

There are many unknowns, like how would cocaine and heroin be provided to the doctors, where does the FDA come in to test various drugs on the market, and what do the gangs do when they will be competed against by legitimate people and companies? The regions of Afghanistan and South America are infested with ruthless gangs still armed to the teeth.  How the crops will be regulated and the distribution controlled remains unknown.

I have a friend that is a scientist who visits Peru often in his line of work, and he testifies that the cocaine bought directly in the region is purer, healthier, and doesn't cause addiction. (?) He claims that the coca is ingested as it has been for centuries, in teas, in leaves, and in tablets that do what a strong caffiene does now. Surpress hunger, energize a laborer, and provide extra stamina. He never goes into the mountain trails without it and claims never to crave it later.

The tax money freed up from patrolling, prosecuting, and imprisoning could be used for treatment for those that get into trouble with recreational drugs, and we would eliminate the current embarrassment of not being able to fund the Prairie Center. We should keep an eye on Washington and Colorado and see if they are able to balance their state government budgets after eliminating the chase for cannibus users. Who knows, maybe through decriminalization Illinois could afford to pay its pension bills.

Thornton also drools over the prospects of industrial hemp. Hemp (THC-less marijuana) would revolutionize the fiber, textile, paper industries overnight and the jobs created would be vast. It was a darn shame what Rick Winkel did in the 90's as a state legislator to make it illegal for the U of I to research industrial hemp. At the time, Winkel said researching hemp, "sends the wrong message." Now we need that message.

I think you would agree that settling for unfair is not the American Way. We didn't say, "Oh well, slavery and Jim Crow are unfair, what are you going to do?" It's just a matter of rolling up the sleeves, keep educating the public, and elect the people who have their heads on straight. It's not an easy policy to transition to, but it needs to be done. The current violence, destruction and waste of prohibition is killing all of us and has decimated our Bill of Rights.