GOSHEN — A judge ordered a $750,000 bond amount to stand in an Elkhart man’s arrest on meth and cocaine charges.

Julio Aguilar-Reyes, 24, is charged with dealing 10 or more grams of meth and dealing 10 or more grams of cocaine, both Level 2 felonies with a potential penalty of up to 30 years in prison.

His charges also include two counts of unlawful firearm possession by an illegal alien and dealing between 30 grams and 10 pounds of marijuana, all Level 6 felonies.

He was arrested in April after Elkhart County Intelligence and Covert Enforcement units along with the regional SWAT team served a search warrant at a West Lexington Avenue residence. They allegedly found 88 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of methamphetamine and 417 grams of marijuana in the home.

They also found two rifles, $23,300 in cash, three digital scales, a heat sealer and baggies in the residence, as well as evidence that Aguilar-Reyes had been using a false identity.

In setting bail at $750,000, an Elkhart County judge cited a $30,000 cash bond Aguilar-Reyes had paid for an immigration detainer along with several pending misdemeanor and Level 6 felony charges for he was out on bond. The judge also noted that he has failed to appear at court hearings in the past and is a significant flight risk.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Christofeno confirmed the other judge’s decision Thursday and denied a bond reduction request from Aguilar-Reyes’ lawyer.

Attorney Thomas Leatherman pointed out that Aguilar-Reyes was brought to America by his parents as a child and, despite his education, is not allowed to get a job or driver’s license. He also argued that he’s not a flight risk because his contacts are in Michiana and because he has no desire to return to Mexico.

Elkhart County Deputy Prosecutor Katelan Doyle noted that bond would typically be around $210,000 in a case like this, but said there are significant aggravating factors that justify bond more than three times higher. She said she does consider him a flight risk because he has relatives in Michigan and Mexico.

Christofeno agreed that Aguilar-Reyes is a flight risk, both because of contacts outside of Indiana and because of the potential prison time he faces, and said he poses a risk to the community if allowed out of jail. 

The judge also acknowledged that his decision to let the bond amount stand came despite the recommendation of the county Probation Department.

(4) comments

ConcernedCitizen

I do not understand why we educate "illegal aliens". Perhaps this is why the school systems are broke. The education this man received didn't seem to help much. The Powers That Be need to take a hard look at where the money is going and not expect the legal taxpayers to foot the bill.

Joe King

So you don’t think he should go to jail or prison?

ConcernedCitizen

Who said that? Send him back to the country he belongs to. Then keep him out.

ConcernedCitizen

My last comment was censored for some reason. Who said he shouldn't go to jail? Im inquiring into the idea of educating people who are in the country illegally. I don't know where you got the idea I thought he shouldn't be in jail.

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