Belvidere man faces ecstasy charges

Online Staff Report

BELVIDERE, Ill. — Gerardo Ponce, 21, of Belvidere, Ill., was arrested Friday, March 14, and charged with one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (MDMA/ecstasy) within 1,000 feet of a public park (Class 1 felony). He is being held in the Boone County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Ponce was arrested at his place of employment March 14. During the course of the investigation, Belvidere Police seized MDMA/ecstasy pills and U.S. currency.

The arrest concluded a two-week investigation by the Belvidere Police Department’s Narcotics Unit. According to the department, additional charges and/or arrests may be possible.

A Class 1 felony is punishable by four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Anyone who has information about a crime, suspicious activity or narcotics trafficking in the Belvidere area is encouraged to contact the Belvidere Police Department at (815) 544-2135 or Crime Stoppers at (815) 547-7867.

Posted March 14, 2014