Updated: January 14, 2013 4:49PM
WAUKEGAN — Criminal charges that followed a routine traffic stop from August 2010 resulted in a 10-year sentence in federal prison this week for a local man police described as “a well-known, high-ranking gang member.”
Police Chief Daniel Greathouse said Wednesday that 28-year-old Michael Aguilar — a former Pearsall Parkway resident who was arrested Aug. 4, 2010 — was sentenced Tuesday in federal court after being found guilty of drug and handgun charges.
“I am extremely satisfied with the sentence handed down against this ranking gang member who has been terrorizing Waukegan and the Lake County area since the late 1990s,” Greathouse said, adding the “cooperative efforts of all agencies involved lead to the removal of a dangerous person from this community. Federal time is well deserved in this case, and we won’t have to deal with Aguilar for quite a while.”
Aguilar was taken into custody after a Waukegan police officer who knew he did not have a driver’s licence saw him driving near Green Bay Road and Highland Avenue. Aguilar reportedly sped from the scene after briefly stopping and ended up heading south on Northwestern Avenue.
After hitting a parked car, Aguilar reportedly exited his vehicle and ran behind a building near Northwestern and Grandville. Though he was apprehended a short distance away without incident, police report Aguilar had 400 grams of cocaine and a loaded Glock handgun in his vehicle when taken into custody.
Aguilar was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, armed violence, aggravated fleeing and eluding police, and resisting a peace officer. Police report Aguilar was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
According to police, Aguilar had seven prior criminal convictions, prompting the federal charges. He reportedly will be required to serve a minimum of 85 percent of his sentence.