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Crime & Courts

Man accused of selling pot, ecstasy remains in jail

Eric M. Hess, DOB 1/20/90, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
Eric M. Hess, DOB 1/20/90, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

SYCAMORE – A 24-year-old Aurora man accused of selling marijuana and ecstasy remained in DeKalb County Jail on Tuesday unable to post 10 percent of his $210,000 bond.

Eric Hess, of the 200 block of South Randall Road, was charged March 13 with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

He is also accused of possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver.

DeKalb police said Hess and his accomplice, Tyler Degaetano, 25, of DeKalb, got into a marijuana-related argument Nov. 2 in which a pizza delivery driver said he felt his life was threatened after he allegedly stole about seven ounces of pot from Degaetano and Hess after paying only $100, court records state. The drugs had a street value of about $2,000, police said.

The delivery driver, Sal Scardina, 19, of DeKalb, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver it, according to court records. He is next due in court April 17.

Police searched Degaetano and Hess’ apartment in the 800 block of Pappas Drive in November and found marijuana and between 15 and 200 pills of a substance containing MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, court records show. The Illinois State Police crime lab tested the pills positive for ecstasy, DeKalb police Lt. Bob Redel said.

If convicted of the more serious charge, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, Hess would face between six and 30 years in prison.

Degaetano, who faces the same charges as Hess, is next due in court April 3.

Hess is next due in court April 1.

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