Naperville man accused of bringing heroin into jail

Michael A. Chacon
Michael A. Chacon

A man who served time in prison for killing his girlfriend’s Chihuahua has new legal trouble, after being arrested for allegedly using heroin inside his family’s home in Naperville and then having the drug in his pockets while being processed at DuPage County Jail.

Ex-convict Michael A. Chacon remained Friday in the jail on $100,000 bail. He faces trial on charges of possession of a controlled substance, bringing a controlled substance into a penal institution and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court.

Chacon, 25, was arrested at his family’s home on the 1200 block of Suffolk Street, in the Saybrook area of Naperville’s near northeast side.

Naperville police were called there about 7:17 p.m. Monday, Sgt. Bill Davis said. The responding officers learned Chacon had allegedly been “observed using heroin inside the residence by a family member, and an argument ensued,” Davis wrote Friday in an email.

“Further investigation revealed that Chacon had been using heroin, and was found in possession of a used syringe and a small, metal tin that had a suspected heroin residue on the inside,” Davis said.

“Chacon denied possessing any (more) heroin at that time,” Davis said. Police searched him, “and no other drugs or paraphernalia were located on scene,” he said.

Police then took Chacon to the jail in Wheaton, where “a more extensive search” of his body and clothing “revealed that he had 0.3 grams of heroin in a small foil hidden in his pants pocket,” Davis said. “Also, a plastic bag that contained an additional five foil packets, which totaled 1.5 grams (of heroin,) was found secreted on his person.”

Chacon and an ex-convict friend were arrested on June 3, 2013, after police found they had injected heroin in the men’s restroom of the Walgreens store on South Main Street in downtown Naperville.

A DuPage County judge on Oct. 16 sentenced Chacon to 364 days of periodic imprisonment, after finding him guilty of a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. He is still on probation for that crime.

Chacon had been out of prison for only 11 days prior to that arrest, after serving a 20-month sentence on a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.

He was arrested by Glendale Heights police and charged with the fatal July 28, 2012 beating of his girlfriend’s pet, a 9-year-old, 4 1/2-pound Chihuahua named Tyson.

A relative of Chacon’s then-girlfriend told police the couple had argued the previous day about the dog, after it urinated on one Chacon’s shirts. The girlfriend said she found blood spattered as high as five feet up a wall of the apartment, along with signs the dog had been beaten.

Trial testimony showed a veterinarian concluded the dog died of multiple skull and rib fractures. Chacon, during the trial, insisted he had returned home that day to find the dog dead.

Chacon is scheduled to appear Sept. 15 in court in the heroin case.

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