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April 2017 Archives

Police recover guns in home raid

Illinois residents may be interested to know that the St. Clair County Sheriff's Drug Tactical Unit has removed 43 guns in the first four months of 2017. This is the same number of guns that were removed in all of 2016. One case involved a man who was traveling to Colorado and returning with marijuana. Based on a tip, authorities went to the man's home and immediately smelled the drug when he opened the door.

Report details ways to address law enforcement hacking

Much has been written about massive government surveillance programs and how the civil rights of residents of Illinois and around the country can be protected in the information age. Evidence has emerged that federal law enforcement agencies have used single warrants to monitor the internet activity of thousands of people, and the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers released a report on March 30 outlining strategies that can be used to combat this kind of law enforcement hacking.

Man sentenced to prison for marijuana charges

On April 18, it was reported that an Illinois man pleaded guilty to unlawful delivery of marijuana. The 28-year-old man was sentenced to four years in prison followed by two years of supervised probation. The man's brother, who was accused of being involved in the case, pleaded guilty to being in possession of marijuana and was sentenced to 48 months of probation.

Chris Brown being investigated for drug-related wire transfer

Illinois music lovers may be interested to learn that, on April 7, it was reported that Chris Brown was being investigated by federal authorities. They accused the singer of wiring $15,000 to a Miami music producer in order to purchase drugs and an illegal cough syrup and soda mix popularly known as "lean".

Defense Considerations When Facing Drug Possession Charges

When the Obama administration was still in the White House, it sought to reduce the penalties for convictions of minor drug offenses, and even granted clemency to a record number of prisoners serving exorbitant sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. While this is good news for those facing drug crimes, there is no guarantee that this kind of attitude will continue with the new presidential administration, as every administration creates its own criminal policy. 

19 people charged after multi-agency heroin investigation

After more than a year of effort, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration succeeded in taking 80 kilograms of heroin off the streets of Illinois. During the course of the investigation, which included the Chicago Office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, agents arrested 19 people.

Police report surge in drugged driving incidents

Police in Illinois and around the country have reported an alarming increase in drugged driving incidents, and their observations are backed up by data from a number of federal agencies. The problem is said to be most severe in Rust Belt states ravaged by opioid addiction and parts of the Pacific Northwest and South where methamphetamine use is widespread.

2 charges following home drug raid

Illinois officers reported on April 2 that about five pounds of marijuana, crack cocaine and thousands of dollars in cash were recovered from an Evanston home. The Evanston Police Department reportedly carried out the drug raid on March 1 after obtaining a search warrant.

Woman facing assault and DUI charges after alleged altercation

Illinois police have charged a 49-year-old woman with aggravated battery, resisting arrest and driving under the influence after a field sobriety test allegedly turned physical on the afternoon of March 17. The woman was also cited for several motor vehicle violations. Her bond was set at $30,000.