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Illinois couple face drug charges

Illinois police announced on Oct. 16 that a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were taken into custody on drug charges after a search of the Dixon residence they shared. Police say that they obtained a search warrant for the property after receiving a tip from a confidential informant. According to the informant, the couple were selling marijuana out of the North Dixon Avenue home. The search was conducted at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Police say that the search of the residence uncovered $800 in cash as well as 70 LSD tabs, under a pound of cannabis and about a gram of MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy or molly. Police say that they also found a small amount of cocaine.

The couple face several drug charges including possession of marijuana and LSD with the intent to deliver and possession of marijuana, LSD, MDMA and cocaine. The charges carry penalties of up to 30 years in prison. After being taken into custody, the couple were transported to the Lee County Jail. The man's bond was subsequently set at $200,000 and the woman's at $50,000.

Search warrants are often an important part of a drug case, and criminal defense attorneys may closely review the evidence that law enforcement relies upon to secure these warrants. The protection against unreasonable search and seizure is guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and police must convince a judge that they have reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is occurring before a search is authorized. Search warrants are also sometimes highly specific, and evidence discovered may in some cases be ruled inadmissible in court if it is not listed on a warrant.

Source: SaukValley.com, "Dixon couple accused of dealing weed, LSD", Oct. 16, 2015

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