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Accused Elburn Ecstasy cook says he's a 'scientist'
By Josh Stockinger | Daily Herald Staff

Neil T. Tomsheck


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Published: 10/23/200 4:08 PM | Updated: 10/23/2009 4:57 PM

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Bond was set at $300,000 on Friday for an accused Ecstasy cook who told police he's "a scientist - not a user."

Neil T. Tomsheck, 19, of Elburn, was arrested Thursday after police said they recovered 150 grams of the drug Ecstasy and a plastic bag filled with narcotic mushrooms in a search of his home on the 300 block of North Fourth Street.

During the search, Tomsheck directed police to drugs "drying in the closet" and told them, "I just make the Ecstasy here. I don't sell it. I'm a scientist, not a user," according to a police synopsis read in court.

Kane County Judge James C. Hallock said Tomsheck faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony. In addition, he's charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years.

According to prosecutors, Tomsheck has a "relatively minor" criminal history with a lone property damage offense in 2008. He told the judge he attended Kaneland High School before enrolling in a computer engineering program at DeVry University in Addison. But Tomsheck said he did not graduate because his funding ran out.

"I'm attempting to re-enter there this December or January, when the next semester starts," he said.

During the hearing, Tomsheck also tried to help the judge pronounce the scientific name - psilocybin - of the mushrooms he's accused of possessing. He asked to speak again later but a public defender advised against it.

Police said the search was carried out while both Tomsheck and his father were home. A man who said he was in court Friday for Tomsheck's bond hearing declined to comment.

Tomsheck would have to post $30,000 to be released from the county jail. His next court date is Nov. 5.