BULL VALLEY, IL — Several people are accused of running a large-scale drug operation out of a McHenry County mansion — and they had plenty of room to do it. Multiple area law enforcement agencies carried out a raid this week that netted large amounts of drugs, cash and a .50-caliber machine gun from a 17,000-square-foot Bull Valley home, according to police.

Rockford police on Thursday said it teamed with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Rockford Task Force, the McHenry County Narcotics Task Force and the Winnebago County and McHenry County state’s attorneys after a months-long investigation into the sale of drugs in and around the Rockford area.

Police said during the investigation, they identified Joseph Vogrinc, 34, of Loves Park, and David Soskin, 42, of Bull Valley as suspects. (Get Patch real-time email alerts for the latest news for Crystal Lake — or your town. And iPhone users: Check out Patch’s new app.)

Vogrinc was pulled over by Rockford detectives, accompanied by agents from the DEA Rockford task force, on May 18 in the 4900 block of Rolex Parkway in Loves Park. His home was also searched, turning up more than 5,000 grams of cannabis and more than $55,000 in cash, along with a vehicle that was seized, police said.

On May 19, Rockford narcotics detectives, DEA agents and officers from the McHenry County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at Soskin’s home, a mansion in upscale Bull Valley. Rockford police said Soskin and another resident were found inside the home, along with multiple firearms — including a .50-caliber machine gun — plus ammunition, cash and a large amount of cannabis.

The sprawling estate sold in December and boasts multiple buildings a 17,000-square-foot main residence, a guest house and a large barn situated on more than 30 acres. McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney John Gibbons told the Northwest Herald the house was probably purchased with illegitimate funds. Though realtor.com lists the sale price as $800,000, its appraised value is $1.62 million, according to the Northwest Herald.

Prosecutors said if the home is forfeited and sold, proceeds would be distributed to agencies including the the McHenry County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Illinois State Police.

The house boasts a “hotel-style indoor pool room” with deck, sauna, bar and more, plus “spectacular views of the grounds,” according to realtor.com.

Joseph Vogrinc (left), David Soskin/Rockford Police Department

Vogrinc is charged with possession with intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams of cannabis. Rockford police said he is being held without bond. Soskin is charged with manufacture delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, cannabis trafficking and possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis; his bond was set at $100,000, police said.

However, two McHenry County judges reportedly issued orders barring the McHenry County jail from accepting any bail money until further notice to prevent anyone from posting bond until the source of the money is determined to be legitimate, according to the Northwest Herald.

“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 statement. “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.”

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea called the raid “a perfect example of inter-agency cooperation, sharing of intelligence and uniting behind a common goal,” vowing police will continue to combat drug sales in the area.


Image via realtor.com