Man who tossed bags of heroin from CPD chief’s car gets 2-year sentence — plus 2 more years for the case he was on bail for at the time

CPD internal affairs Chief Yolanda Talley, Kenneth Miles, and a CPD bodycam image Anjanette Young during the raid. | CPD

The man accused of tossing $6,300 worth of packaged heroin out of a Lexus that belonged to the Chicago Police Department’s Chief of Internal Affairs has been sentenced to two years in prison following a bench trial.

Kenneth Miles was also sentenced to a consecutive two-year prison term for another drug distribution case that he had pending at the time of the incident, court records show.

Following Miles’ arrest on February 1, CWBChicago reported that public records revealed he is the “John Doe” tipster who provided Chicago cops with information that resulted in the humiliating botched raid on Anjanette Young’s home in 2019.

On February 1, cops saw Miles pick up a colorful bag next to a parked car and then get into the passenger seat of a silver Lexus sedan—the car that belonged to CPD Chief of Internal Affairs Yolanda Talley.

As officers followed the car, Miles threw a large Ziploc bag containing 84 smaller pink baggies of suspected heroin out of the passenger window as Talley’s niece drove, officials said.

Talley’s niece told arresting officers that she was related to a high-ranking CPD officer, warning them, “My auntie is probably your boss.”

Police brass benched the officers who arrested Miles without explaining the action publicly.

On Thursday, Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesil found Miles guilty of Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance for the incident involving Talley’s car. Prosecutors initially charged him with the much more serious charge of manufacture-delivery of fentanyl.

She also found him guilty of a second possession of a controlled substance charge for the case he had pending at the time. Prosecutors had originally charged him with Class X felony manufacture-delivery of heroin in that case, a charge that carries a minimum six-year sentence upon conviction.

Miles has six previous felony convictions, primarily for narcotics.

The state will reduce Miles’ sentences by 50% for good behavior and he is receiving credit for over 200 days he spent in custody while awaiting trial, according to court documents.

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