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Illinois man busted after texting cop for drug deal

An Illinois man was arrested after he reportedly texted a police officer to arrange a crack cocaine sale in September. However, he alleges he was only planning to rob his would-be client.

According to Wilmette police, an informant gave authorities the defendant's phone number, claiming that the Evanston man was a cocaine and marijuana dealer. An officer sent a text message to the number asking to make a cocaine purchase. The defendant, who lives on the 1500 block of Dodge Avenue, allegedly responded and set up a time and place for the two to meet and complete the deal.

At 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 14, officers claim that the defendant pulled into an alley on the 1900 block of Schiller Avenue as arranged. He was arrested along with two other suspects.

As officers began to search the vehicle, the defendant told them they wouldn't find cocaine because he had intended only to rob his client. However, a few Tylenol 3 pills with codeine were discovered, and he was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was scheduled to appear in Cook County Court in October. The other two suspects were released.

Illinois residents arrested on drug charges can face severe consequences, including steep fines and lengthy prison terms, if they are convicted. However, everyone has the right to vigorously defend themselves in court. A criminal defense attorney could scrutinize police conduct for any signs a defendant's rights were violated during search and seizure, which could lead to the dismissal of charges. An attorney could also negotiate with prosecutors for a plea deal that reduces the penalties in exchange for a guilty plea.

Source: Evanston Patch, "Evanston Man Texted Cop in Drug Deal: Police," Tim Moran, Sept. 29, 2015

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