A Crystal Lake man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three drug offenses Lake County officials say were filed against him while he was awaiting trial on a house burglary.
Chad Lowrence, 32, faces multiple terms of six to 30 years in prison if convicted of all the crimes charged against him.
Assistant State's Attorney Brett Henne said Lowrence, of the 2700 block of Crystal Way, has been out on bond since his Sept. 29, 2008 arrest for residential burglary.
In that case, Lowrence was caught inside a house in the 200 block of White Oak Court in Barrington that he had broken into, Henne said. When police found Lowrence hiding behind a door in the house, he had a diamond ring belonging to a resident of the house inside his pocket, Henne said.
Lowrence was freed on bond and ordered not to violate the law in any way, Henne said, but he wound up being charged with drug possession three times this year.
On March 6, Henne said, Wauconda police stopped Lowrence's car on Route 176 and discovered two small packages and a hypodermic needle with heroin residue on them.
Tower Lakes police stopped Lowrence's vehicle on Route 59 on April 24, Henne said, and found 13 small tin foil packets containing heroin and five hypodermic syringes in the vehicle.
On May 6, Henne said, Zion police stopped Lowrence's car in the 2300 block of Hebron Avenue and found nine small packets containing heroin and 11 small packets containing cocaine.
Because the three latest arrests came while Lowrence was on bond for the burglary, Henne said any sentence he is given in the new cases must be served consecutively.
In addition, Henne said, Lowrence's prior criminal record - including convictions for burglary and larceny - requires Lowrence receive a minimum of six years in prison for any conviction.
Associate Judge George Bridges accepted Lowrence's not guilty pleas to four counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
He scheduled trials in all four cases for Oct. 25 and ordered Lowrence, who is held on $500,000 bond, to appear in court Oct. 19.