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May 30, 2024

Chicago – Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced today his office charged a Kane County man with the drug-induced homicides of two individuals who died late last year after taking cocaine laced with fentanyl. 

The Attorney General’s office charged Jarrail Ford-Gresham, 34 of Elgin, Illinois, in Kane County Circuit Court with two counts of drug-induced homicide, Class X felonies, each punishable by up to 30 years in prison; and two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, Class 2 felonies, each punishable by up to seven years in prison. Sentences are ultimately determined by the court. Gresham’s next court date is June 5. 

“These charges are a grim reminder of how deadly drugs, specifically fentanyl, can be,” Raoul said. “I remain committed to working with law enforcement agencies across the state to keep drugs off the street and keep our communities safe.” 

Raoul’s office alleges that between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2023, Gresham delivered cocaine to two different individuals in Elgin and Palatine, both of whom were later found dead after taking what turned out to be cocaine laced with fentanyl. The first delivery allegedly occurred in Elgin after the victim and a third-party pooled money together to purchase crack-cocaine from Gresham. The third party was observed on surveillance video entering and exiting Gresham’s vehicle. Then approximately a minute later, the victim returned to split the crack-cocaine. The next morning, the victim was found unresponsive at an Elgin homeless encampment.

Later that same day, Gresham and another victim were observed on surveillance video entering a Motel 6 in Palatine. That evening, the Palatine Police Department responded to a 911 call at the motel and found the victim deceased on the bed. Gresham was arrested May 28 by Elgin Police Department following their investigation with the Palatine Police Department. 

“We are very appreciative for the support and cooperation received from the Attorney Generals office, Kane County State’s Attorney’s office and the Elgin Police Department to bring closure to this investigation and provide a sense of justice for the victims’ families,” said Palatine Police Chief William Nord.  

Raoul’s office will co-prosecute this case with Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser’s office. 

"These charges underscore the grave consequences of drug-related activities and the devastating impact they can have on individuals and communities," stated Kane County State's Attorney Jamie L. Mosser. "My office is committed to working collaboratively with Attorney General Raoul's office and law enforcement agencies to hold accountable those responsible for such tragedies and to pursue justice for the victims and their families. I extend my sincere gratitude to the Elgin and Palatine police departments, as well as the Attorney General's office, for their diligent efforts in investigating this case."   

Gresham is also facing similar charges in a separate case pending with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office. 

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 Deputy Bureau Chief Andrew Whitfield will prosecute the case for Raoul’s Statewide Grand Jury Bureau. Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly Orland will handle the case for the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office.