BERWYN – A Berwyn man whose current whereabouts are unknown has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for selling heroin in DuPage County, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.
Jose Morales, 25, of the 1200 block of Kenilworth Avenue, was sentenced Nov. 5 in absentia to 20-year sentences for both manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and armed violence, both Class X felonies, the release stated. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Morales was found guilty of both charges during a jury trial in September.
On Sept. 23, 2015, Morales was arrested by Homeland Security Investigations for selling heroin while armed with a Beretta 9 mm handgun, according to the release. The following day, he appeared in bond court, where bond was set at $1 million with 10 percent to apply.
On Dec. 1, 2015, over the state’s objection, Morales’ bond was reduced to $750,000 with 10 percent to apply, the release stated. Morales posted the necessary 10 percent, or $75,000, on Dec. 10, and he was released from custody.
On March 9, 2017, DuPage County Pretrial Services received an alert that Morales’ GPS monitoring device had been tampered with, according to the release. The device was found with the bracelet portion cut on the side of the roadway near Route 83 and Roosevelt Road in Elmhurst.
A no-bond arrest warrant is currently in effect for Morales, the release stated.