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Crime & Courts

Two face charges in DeKalb cocaine bust

DeKALB – A man and woman face felony drug charges for trying to sell cocaine near the Northern Illinois University campus in DeKalb.

DeKalb police arrested Marcella K. Jasso, 33, of the 800 block of Market Street, DeKalb, and Michael A. Tune, 28, of the 1500 block of Hulmes Drive, DeKalb, on Saturday.

Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

If convicted of the most serious charge, Jasso could face four to 15 years in prison. If convicted of the most serious charge, Tune, who has a criminal record, could face six to 30 years in prison.

DeKalb police received a tip that Tune was selling cocaine in DeKalb and that he had an outstanding warrant for aggravated battery. Through an investigation, police learned that Tune was going to sell cocaine at the Gideon Court Apartments, 1325 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, according to a police synopsis contained in court records.

When Tune arrived at the apartment complex, police arrested him on the warrant.

They found a small amount of cocaine in his hat, court records show. He later told police that he had planned to sell $50 worth of cocaine and that he was delivering cocaine for the driver of the car, Jasso.

Jasso told police that Tune asked her to hold the cocaine. She handed police seven plastic bags containing about 5.29 grams of cocaine. Another small bag of the drug was found in her bra, according to the police report.

Both face enhanced charges because the apartment complex where the sale was to take place is about 250 feet from NIU’s Physical Plant B at 120 Stadium Drive.

Jasso, who has no previous criminal history, was released Monday on a $10,000 recognizance bond, which means she did not have to post any cash.

Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert set bond for Tune at $100,000, noting his past criminal record and a pending parole hold that would likely send him back to prison.

Jasso is next due in court Jan. 31. Tune is next due in court Feb. 22.

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