Sixteen Bags of Heroin Confiscated in Elmhurst Traffic Stop, Police Say

James Oldham (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff's Office)
James Oldham (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff's Office)

A traffic stop for one headlight out ended up landing two Lombard residents in DuPage County Jail Thursday, Jan. 16, Elmhurst police reported.

James Oldham, 32, 334 W. St. Charles Road, and Kristofer Klein, 22, 631 E. Park, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance after police pulled over their gray Pontiac Grand Prix for one headlight at York and Industrial Drive at 4:07 p.m. 

Police said Oldham, the driver, was in possession of seven bags of heroin, and Klein had two hypodermic needles and nine bags of heroin. Klein also was charged with attempted obstruction of justice. 

They were both taken to DuPage County Jail. Oldham's bond was set at $2,000 and Klein's at $2,500.

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Jennifer MacKenzie January 18, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Pulled over for one headlight at 4:07 pm.
Faust January 18, 2014 at 09:42 AM
I'd pull him over for looking like a criminal.
Kathy Lee January 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM
I cant help but wonder whose child would have died because of a heroin overdose from this man. I am thankful that our police have captured this man and those seven bags of heroin cannot harm our children.
WLA January 18, 2014 at 03:20 PM
The law requires two headlights. Police were right to stop them,thanks EPD
Ken January 18, 2014 at 09:08 PM
Very low bond. They no doubt fixed the headlight and went back to dealing
Jim Court January 18, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Is that not two working headlights that are required when conditions merit there use ?
WLA January 18, 2014 at 11:51 PM
I guess it was racial profiling then.
WLA January 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Why are people questioning the arrest of a couple of dopers anyway? What if they were dealing in your neighborhood. I'm sure they are upstanding citizens that wouldn't resort to crime to support their habit. By the way it starts getting dark after 4 in January and the weather was bad on Thursday, if there was no dope probably would have got a warning and sent on their way.
Jorge Zapata January 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM
So happy these scum bags got pulled over and caught. Get that crap outta here!
Stewart Levine January 22, 2014 at 06:46 AM
heroin addiction is nearly impossible to recover from, it's up there with meth and crack cocaine. there should be the death penalty for anyone selling heroin or using it. once people started being executed you would think twice before doing that type of shit
Faust January 22, 2014 at 07:02 AM
Firing squad or maybe banishment to an island. All criminals and people who don't pay their Elmhurst taxes. Marihuana users and sellers also. Wait, that's legal now.
Jennifer MacKenzie January 22, 2014 at 07:13 AM
Who on this forum questioned their arrest, MLA?
WLA January 22, 2014 at 02:27 PM
I should have clarified my comment, it seems there were a couple of comments questioning the initial stop due to one headlight being out at 4;07 PM.
Jennifer MacKenzie January 22, 2014 at 02:51 PM
You may be referring to my stating the fact that they were pulled over at 4:07 with one headlight. There is no question there.
CheKeroauc January 22, 2014 at 04:03 PM
The government has no business telling us what drugs we can or cannot use.
Mark C January 23, 2014 at 10:53 AM
CheKerouauc, I have to disagree. Legalizing highly addictive drugs would cause a huge burden on our society. I'm not saying our criminal justice system is the best solution to this problem, but it's a big deterrent for many.
Jim Court January 25, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Mark, Shouldn't we apply this same logic to alcohol which takes a much larger toll on our society than all the illegal drugs combined ? Lets be consistent.
Jim Court January 25, 2014 at 05:56 PM
Stewart, You have had so many great ideas but you sound extreme in your analysis.
Jim Court January 25, 2014 at 05:59 PM
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Mark C January 27, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Jim, I believe it's too late to apply the same laws to alcohol. Too many people drink to try and take it away. Prohibition failed and I believe it would fail again today. We can say the war on drugs has failed too, but I don't believe legalization is the answer. I believe our country can reduce this problem with better border control, treatment and community service for those in possession of small amounts, and long mandatory sentences of those in possession of large amounts.
Jim Court February 03, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Mark Prohibition has never worked and brings with it more problems than it solves. If alcohol is truly the most dangerous drug by far and away wouldn't it be logical to start with alcohol. Sadly, the answer is a resounding "No". The use of any substance should be considered a medical problem and not a legal issue. Who wins? The legal system. We need a reasoned and intelligent approach to these issues. Tobacco and alcohol thrive because of lobbyist and the dollars behind it. They account for more deaths than all of the other drugs combined. Sugar, caffeine, and fats are addicitve. So is shopping, gambling, romance, adrenaline, exercise, religion, and others. Until science learns to address brain biochemistry in a constructive way all of these will be a part of the human condition.


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