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Woodstock men arrested on drug-related charges

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 12:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013 11:32 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Two Woodstock men were arrested last week after they were found with more than $75,000 in drugs, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Rafael Perez-Serrato, 46, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance trafficking, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and possession of marijuana.

Ismael Ayala, 31, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and possession of marijuana.

The arrests revolved around an investigation into narcotics being sold in the Woodstock area, and culminated Friday after two separate traffic stops and the execution of a search warrant at a home in the 1900 block of Julie Street, according to a news release.

The investigation involved members of the sheriff’s narcotics unit, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Woodstock Police Department.

During one of the traffic stops, about 1,180 grams of cocaine was found, and Perez-Serrato was taken into custody, Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said.

Investigators later obtained a search warrant for the home and found 512 grams of marijuana, digital scales, packaging materials, a Walther PPK handgun and ammunition, Zinke said. Some $13,831 in cash also was seized, as well as seven vehicles.

Ayala was arrested during the second traffic stop.

Perez-Serrato and Ayala were being held Monday at the McHenry County Jail on $650,000 and $300,000 bonds, respectively.

They’re next scheduled to appear in court Monday.

The investigation is ongoing.

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