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DeKalb police: 2 men were selling pot, ecstasy

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 11:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014 11:51 p.m. CDT
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Eric M. Hess, 23, of Aurora, was charged Saturday with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana.
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Tyler Degaetano, 25, of Sugar Grove, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana.

DeKALB – When DeKalb police searched the apartment of two men in November, they found marijuana and pills, and now, the men are being accused of selling the drug “ecstasy,” according to court records.

Tyler Degaetano, 25, of the 800 block of Pappas Drive, DeKalb; and Eric Hess, 24, of the 200 block of South Randall Road in Aurora; were each charged March 13 with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Degaetano remained in jail Friday, unable to post 10 percent of his $110,000 bond. He is next due in court April 3.

Hess remains wanted on the DeKalb County charges, said DeKalb police Sgt. Steve Lekkas said. Anyone with information that would lead to his arrest can call DeKalb Police at 815-748-8400.

While searching the apartment in the 800 block of Pappas Drive in November, police found between 15 and 200 pills of a substance containing MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, court records show.

DeKalb police searched the apartment in the course of an investigation of a marijuana-related argument, 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, court records show. He is next due in court April 17.

Degaetano and Hess also face charges of possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver.

Police had to wait for test results from the Illinois State Police crime lab before making the ecstasy case, DeKalb police Lt. Bob Redel said.

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