An ongoing narcotics investigation conducted jointly by the Livingston County Pro-Active Unit and the Dwight Narcotics Unit led to the arrest of a Pontiac woman and a Downers Grove man in Pontiac Thursday morning, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Police.
    Cornelius D. Young and Stephanie M. Larson, both 32, were charged with the Class X felony of manufacture or delivery of more than 15 pills of ecstasy.
    According to the LCSP, the search was conducted Thursday by the Pro-Active Unit and the Dwight Narcotics Unit via a search warrant valid for a residence in Pontiac. The LCSP said that the investigation had been ongoing since Aug. 20 with “controlled purchases of cannabis and ecstasy from the residence.”
    Once the search was conducted, police recovered more than 500 grams of cannabis, more than 60 ecstasy tablets and a Smith & Wesson pistol chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge.
    Young was charged with two counts of manufacture or delivery of cannabis (a Class 4 felony), one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (a Class 2 felony), a count of manufacture or delivery of 500 to 2,000 grams of cannabis (a Class 1 felony), a count of possession of a firearm by a felon (a Class 3 felony) and the Class X felony of manufacture or delivery of more than 15 pills or tablets of ecstasy.
    Larson was charged with the Class 1 felony of manufacture or delivery of 500 to 2,000 grams of cannabis and the Class X felony of manufacture or delivery of more than 15 pills or tablets of ecstasy.
    According to Illinois statute, a person convicted of trafficking “15 or more pills, tablets, caplets, capsules, or objects but less than 200 pills, tablets, caplets, capsules, or objects containing in them or having upon them any amounts of” ecstasy may be sentenced to “not less than 6 years and not more than 30 years” within the Illinois Department of Corrections.
    Young appeared in court on Thursday while Larson appeared in court on Friday, both before Judge Jennifer Bauknecht. The bond for Young was considerably higher; after statutory factors were considered, bond was set at $200,000 for Young and $10,000 in Larson’s separate case, 10 percent of which is payable in cash to secure release. Each was granted a public defender, and each will have preliminary hearings scheduled for Sept. 27 in Bauknecht’s court.