A convicted felon and registered sex offender is now facing drug and weapons charges after a bust by the Sangamon County DIRT team.
36-year-old Nathaniel Garecht was arrested at a Springfield hotel where authorities had set up a fake drug purchase. Authorities say he was carrying a gun and nine ounces of cocaine when he was arrested. Police also searched his home on West Reynolds and a storage shed, where more cocaine and another gun were recovered.
The street value of the drugs is around $20,000. Garecht is being held in the Sangamon County Jail on $250,000 bond.