SYCAMORE – Three people appeared in court Thursday on charges related to methamphetamine that police said was mailed from Arizona.
Joseph P. Hosey Jr., 35, of the 400 block of South Fifth Street in DeKalb, and Daniel N. Stroz, 36, of the 2100 block of North Point Street in Chicago, were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of methamphetamine.
If convicted of the first charge, each man faces up to 50 years in prison.
Also charged was Donielle C. Parquette, 29, of the 2900 block of Lawndale Avenue in Chicago, with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.
She faces up to five years in prison if convicted of possession of methamphetamine.
All appeared in court Thursday via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County Jail.
On Tuesday, a postal inspector found a suspicious package addressed to Hosey that shipped from Arizona, according to court documents.
Video surveillance showed a white male paid to ship the package from Arizona.
DeKalb police Lt. Jason Leverton said postal inspectors look at the way a package is sealed and use drug-sniffing dogs to determine whether a parcel might contain drugs.
On Wednesday, DeKalb police searched Hosey’s home, where they found the package, containing more than 400 grams of methamphetamine. Police said the amount of methamphetamine was equivalent to about one pound, with an estimated street value of $16,000 to $20,000.
Hosey said Stroz ships him packages from Arizona and returns to Illinois; Hosey then gives Stroz the methamphetamine in exchange for a portion of it and money, according to court documents.
At the direction of police, Hosey told Stroz he had received the package and could come to DeKalb to pick it up. When Stroz arrived at the meeting spot late Wednesday, police arrested him.
Stroz said he shipped the methamphetamine to Hosey, and he intended to deliver it to others, according to court documents.
Police also found a glass pipe with a residual amount of methamphetamine on Parquette, who was a passenger in Stroz’s car.
Leverton said it’s likely federal investigators will look into the source of the methamphetamine.
Bond was set at $500,000 for Hosey and Stroz. Parquette’s bond was set at $5,000.
The public defender’s office was appointed to represent Stroz, who will next appear in court Nov. 19.
Attorney Robert Nolan will represent Parquette because there is a conflict with the public defender’s office. She will be in court again Monday.
Hosey will next appear in court Wednesday.