A woman has been charged with manufactured delivery of cocaine, possession of cocaine, manufactured delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the West Suburban Drug/Enforcement Task Force.
Heather Niemotka, a resident of Plainfield, Ill., was using an apartment on the 6200 block of 21st St., Berwyn, to manufacture and sell cocaine and marijuana. Niemotka was hired as a caregiver to a mentally challenged 59-year-old woman who resides in the Berwyn apartment, according to the news release.
“The female who rented the apartment did not have the full capacity to understand what was taking place,” said Riverside police Chief Tom Weitzel.
Niemotka was arrested on Thursday (April 28) following a search warrant executed by the West Suburban Enhanced Drug Gang Enforcement Task Force and the Cook County Sheriff’s police canine unit, according to the Patch.
“The actions of the target in this investigation, Heather Niemotka, are simply put, appalling,” Weitzel said in a statement. “She used the residence of a medically challenged 59-year-old who she was charged with taking care of and actually set up a cocaine distribution and sales point from that apartment. She not only used the apartment but also supplied her with weekly amounts of cocaine in order to meet some of her financial requirements for rent.”
Police found 2.5 ounces of cocaine, 93 hydrocodone pills, half an ounce of marijuana, more than $1,000 in cash marked as proceeds from drug sales, and materials used in the distribution and packaging of drugs, according to the news release.
If found guilty, Niemotka is facing a prison sentence of up to 30 years, as manufacture and delivery is a Class X felony, according to police.
Photo courtesy of the West Suburban Enhanced Drug Gang Enforcement Task Force