A Bull Valley mansion was seized by authorities after a drug raid landed the homeowner in jail.
David Soskin, 42, was arrested in his 17,000-square-foot home at 1001 Cherry Valley Road during the early morning hours of May 19, when police descended on the house to execute a search warrant.
Authorities said they uncovered at least 350 pounds of marijuana, U.S. currency, three pistols, a 50-caliber machine gun and a Cobray M11 submachine gun, as well as ammunition for the firearms. Members of the McHenry County SWAT team, narcotics officers from Rockford and McHenry County, and agents from the Rockford Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force took part in the raid.
The events leading up to the search warrant were the result of several months of investigating conducted by the Rockford Police Narcotics Unit relating to the sale of narcotics in and around the Rockford area, according to a press release from the Rockford Police Department. Two suspects were identified during that investigation: Soskin and Joseph Vogrinc, 34, of Loves Park.
A traffic stop in Loves Park May 18 led to Vogrinc’s residence being searched, where officials said they recovered more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, more than $55,000 and a vehicle. Vogrinc was charged and remains in the Winnebago County Jail.
“This is an ongoing investigation and [the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office] is not the only player involved in it,” said MCSO Lt. James Wagner.
Soskin was charged May 19 with cannabis trafficking and manufacturing/delivery of cannabis, both Class X felonies. He also was charged with possession of cannabis over 5,000 grams, a Class 1 felony.
“We have reason to believe the marijuana came from California,” said Wagner.
Since the investigation is ongoing, it is unknown at this time where the marijuana was headed, according to Wagner.
Court documents show the home, which sits on 35 acres on a Bull Valley hillside, was seized by the state May 24.
The property, which sold for $800,000 in December 2016, includes a 17,426-square-foot house with an indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi and bar. The property also includes a tennis court, guest house and pole barn that sits at the end of a long driveway.
“The scale of the proceeds of this investigation, including illegal substances, cash, weapons and all the trappings of an extravagant lifestyle, are astounding,” McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim said in a press release.
“We are very pleased to have contributed to the dismantling of a major drug trafficking enterprise and hope others involved in drugs will learn that they are not beyond the reach of law enforcement,” Prim said.