Elmhurst Man Arrested, Charged with Drug Dealing

Ongoing police investigations into the sale and distribution of illegal drugs in Elmhurst continue to net arrests.

Elmhurst police have released details about the recent arrest of an Elmhurst man for drug dealing.

An ongoing investigation led Elmhurst police to the arrest of Nathan E. Fernandez, 20, of 299 W. First St. Police said Fernandez was selling cannabis and other suspected narcotics from his Elmhurst home to college-age students.

On Wednesday, Jan. 2, Elmhurst police executed a search warrant at his home and recovered more than 270 grams of cannabis, Adderall pills, drug paraphernalia, several fraudulent identification cards and "a substantial amount of cash."

Fernandez was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a Class 3 Felony, possession of fraudulent identification and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to DuPage County Jail. His next court date is Jan. 28.

Drug Arrest This Week

Elmhurst police also arrested Fabiola Palomino, 21, 945 N. York Road, and charged him with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia after police got a call for a suspicious vehicle on the 200 block of East Wrightwood, at 4:15 p.m. Jan. 9. Police found Palomino and a companion in a gold Pontiac Grand Prix. The companion reportedly admitted to injecting heroin just prior to the officers' arrival, and he had a hypodermic syringe in his pocket that contained heroin residue and blood, police said.

The vehicle was towed and both suspects were taken into custody. The second offender was not charged, and Palomino was released on I-bond.

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Billy Joel January 11, 2013 at 01:43 PM
AMAZING!!!!! Where are all the ridiculous comments us Patch readers are used to seeing bashing the Police for doing what they are payed to do? Stewart? You out there? What about you Jim? Drug dealers, users, thieves, and creeps beware!! Excellent work Cops!!! Keep it up and stay safe!!!
Doremus Jessup January 11, 2013 at 01:55 PM
I'm more concerned with the person doing heroin than the guy with marijuana( legalize it), Adderall( college kids use for studying), and fake I.D's (used to get buy beer).
Jim Court January 11, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Hillbilly Joel, Why don't you read all of the excellent materials that discuss the failed legacy that is the "War on Drugs". It has created huge cartels, unending violence, corruption, pushers, etc and has not curbed the use one bit. Alcohol and tobacco cause for more problems and exact a much larger toll on our society than all of the elicit drugs combined. I might what could be called the "War on Addictions" That might make sense. The person who gambles away his life and negatively impacts others has no less of a problem that someone using drugs. If we have a War on Drugs perhaps we should shut down the pharmacies and even certain items in the grocery stores. Medicine and food are "drugs" I have no use for thieves. This is the power of addictions. I am not for addictions of any kind although it is part of the human experience and even desire. Probably shouldn't have said hillbilly but they tend have a simplistic, black and white thinking that I cannot relate to.
heather Cowoftheastsun January 11, 2013 at 05:39 PM
ans what about the kids drinking hand sanitizer or the navy snorting bath salts-this world is getting crazy
heather Cowoftheastsun January 11, 2013 at 05:40 PM
it seems to me elmhurst has a major drug problem thou
Ken January 11, 2013 at 08:00 PM
The drug and heroin bust was a house away from where my 93 yr old mother lives. Thankfully someone on the block called the police on these two. What if after getting high they decided to do a break-in to get more dollars for their drug habits? This block is dead ended and every house (including mine) has had a break in over the past years. Unfortunately the only time I ever a police car come down is after they've been called concerning some suspicious activity.
heather Cowoftheastsun January 11, 2013 at 08:22 PM
thats sucks ken-do you guys have a neighborhood watch- we started one here in b-ville
B Rush January 11, 2013 at 08:31 PM
that is scary
Ken January 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM
There's only 6 houses on our block---the opposite side is an easement. Fortunately half of us are home most of the time but even than you can't see what's going on all the time.
Jim Court January 12, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Heather, A great idea ! I mentioned starting one but did not get far.
Billy Joel January 14, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Ahh...there you are Jim. I knew you couldn't resist. As for the reading comment, I have, plenty of it. Bottom line is the police do not make the legislation and drugs are still illegal. As for the hillbilly comment, I'm not offended. I'm proud to be a southern hick. Coming from one of the county's best known slumlords, I'm impressed! Keep on collecting that check from the G Jim, God knows they'll continue to send it to ya!
Jim Court January 14, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Mr Billy No government checks for me. Why do you persist in false statements? I am not the biggest fan of anything to do with section 8, link cards, etc. I am also against any of the corporate entitlements. As I have told you before, I have one house that was to be torn down but the economy collapsed and I was stuck with it. When essentially squatters took possession Elmhurst Police did nothing to help me. I am not blaming the Police for bad laws. The " War on Drugs " has been a complete failure. That is all I was saying. A " War on Addictions" might make sense.
Stewart Levine January 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM
I don't believe heroin addicts can be 'saved' or can 'recover', they are a blight on society, and demonstrate the true contagious sickness of the human condition. If convicted of a drug offense of crack cocaine, meth amphetamine, cocaine, or heroin/opiates, you should become a ward of the state and they should ship you off to a castle looking facility that holds 25-35k plus people, somewhere downstate in the cornfields where you are forced to undergo psychotherapy, behavior modification, and detox, indefinitely, or until you are deemed rehabilitated by a board of doctors. send that to legislators
Stewart Levine January 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM
marijuana should be legalized period. it is a neuro antioxidant and has been patented as such since 1942, the patent is on google. food industry / business, art industry, music, would flourish. Tax Revenue would be able to solve states pension problems
Ken January 16, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Ken January 16, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Disagree. Marijuana has more deadly toxins than cigarettes. Legalizing it would do nothing to stop the illegal trade of it since the government grass would not be as potent as what you could buy on the black market. Plus the illegal trade would undercut the cost of heavily taxed legal pot. Also, by legalizing it you would have more underage kids getting it (like they get booze) and more drivers out on the road driving stoned. I do imbibe in alcohol but I will admit that this country would be better off health wise if it weren't available to drink as well as being safer on the streets. Think of all the lifes that were lost because of drink and drugs.
Stewart Levine January 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Where are your sources cited, Ken? The government allows it to go unregulated, and untaxed, and therefore creates the black market. It punishes law abiding citizens who would like to use it for health and recreational purposes. The criminals have done a great job brainwashing cubicle workers like yourself into living in fear of any alternative. The massive amounts of money on the black market from the profit of selling it, is what created gangsters like Al Capone during prohibition. It creates societal decay, and during times of massive unemployment the gangs that survive off the income will resort to any means necessary to make what it takes. including killing other gang members and innocent people who get in the way. Then there is the Law Enforcement side of the racket where the individuals who use it are targeted (This creates demand) through property forfeiture, and harassment. On a large scale by the massive all cash, tax free black market enterprise. The criminal banks, ie: HSBC (Hong Kong, Shanghai Banking Corporation) just recently got caught laundering massive, massive amounts of the drug money. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/11/us-hsbc-probe-idUSBRE8BA05M20121211 Ken you are obviously misinformed, and your kind of deranged logic is exactly what was proved a massive failure in the 1920's and 1930's during prohibition. I can cite my sources... http://www.google.com/patents/US6630507 the government has lied to you, there is the evidence
Ken January 17, 2013 at 03:20 PM
First, stop making judgements about me that you know nothing about. Secondly, do you really believe that legalizing drugs will eradicate the societal decay they create? It didn't happen when they legalized booze. Prohibition was a total failure because the US had only a few thousand agents total trying to enforce it. Thirdly, do you really believe the drug cartels will fold up their tents just because Uncle Sam legalizes drugs? They will only become more competitive like any other business that faces competition. Lastly, try and comprehend this through your 'deranged logic'. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/legalizing-of-marijuana-raises-health-concerns/
Jim Court January 17, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Vince and Ken, Both of you have some logic in what you say. Complex issues of support polar opposite arguments and both make some sense. I wish the human condition never required utilization of these means of escape as they have so many potentially negative consequences. Their popularity suggests that they have some initially positive benefit. The trouble is that for many, they are a double-edged sword that ultimately create more negatives than positives. Truthfully, prohibition never works. It is not the lack of agents that failed to eliminate demand. Perhaps it is the flawed human condition that leads to use. Escapism, avoidance of emotional and physical pain, the desire to seek transcendence, to reduce inhibition, as a social lubricant, the reasons are many. It is only through education, treatment, and social pressure will the use be modulated. At this point, the illegalization of drugs has created huge economic gains for those who supply them. This has resulted in extreme violence, decent people ending up with criminal records, and an over-expansion of the legal system. Civil rights have be eroded. There are so many problems in our modern age. Sometimes I want to stop the world and get off. I guess that is escapism, also.
Kathy February 03, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Hey Stewart, You should try recovery sometime. Might help your attitude.


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