Naperville man charged in mail order pot case

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A Naperville man is free on bond and awaiting trial, after he allegedly had a package containing more than 10 pounds of marijuana sent to his apartment on the city’s far south side.

Ronald B. Chilman, 46, is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet, to answer felony charges of trafficking in 2,000-5,000 grams of marijuana, the manufacture or delivery of 2,000-5,000 grams of marijuana and the manufacture or delivery of 1-15 grams of cocaine, according to court records.

Chilman was arrested earlier this month in his second-floor apartment at the River Run complex on the 1000-1100 block of Preserve Avenue, just southwest of 104th Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road. That followed a seven-month-long investigation by members of the Naperville Police Department’s Special Operations Group and U.S. Postal Service inspectors.

Special Operations Group investigators in mid-November received information from postal inspectors “that a package, possibly containing a large amount of cannabis, was going to be delivered” to Chilman’s home, Naperville police Sgt. Bill Davis said. They obtained a search warrant for the package.

Police and postal inspectors on Nov. 14 “made a controlled delivery” of the package to the apartment, “and subsequently stopped Chilman when he left the house” with it, Davis said Tuesday via email. The package allegedly contained approximately 4,700 grams, or 10.4 pounds, of marijuana.

A warrant was also obtained for a search of the apartment, from which police seized “nine grams of white, powdery substance containing cocaine,” Davis said.

“Further followup investigation was conducted over the next six months, which culminated in final charges being approved” on June 4, and a warrant being obtained for Chilman’s arrest, Davis said. Police took him into custody six days later at his home.

Chilman was then taken to Will County Jail and released after posting $7,500 bond, the mandatory 10 percent of his $75,000 bail.

An examination of court documents indicated Chilman has no criminal record in Will, DuPage and Kane counties.

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