Crime & Courts

Second plea obtained in La Salle drug raid

Prosecutors close to dispositions for three suspects

Prosecutors have nearly concluded three felony drug cases launched after the July 7 raid of a suspected drug den in La Salle.

Wednesday, 44-year-old Barbara A. King, of La Salle, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class 1 felony carrying 4-15 years in prison.

King will next appear Jan. 20 for an agreed (but undisclosed) sentence and the outcome appears to hinge on her testimony at the sentencing hearing of a cohort. Kasie E. Saunders, 48, of La Salle, will be sentenced a week before Christmas after pleading guilty to felony drug counts of his own.

King and a third suspect, 27-year-old Kaitlyn M. Forrest, are likely to be called as witnesses in aggravation for the state. Forrest’s case is pending, but she was freed from La Salle County Jail under modified bond conditions and, as with King, is scheduled for hearing on Jan. 20.

The trio were charged after a search warrant was executed at 437 Maple St., La Salle, where authorities seized heroin and crack cocaine plus packaging equipment.