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13 accused in drug distribution ring bust

Federal law enforcement officials have seized cocaine, fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine from an alleged Illinois drug ring. Thirteen individuals from the Chicago area are facing associated drug charges as a result.

According to the federal complaint, investigators observed numerous drug transactions occur on Chicago's Northwest side. Authorities said that a 54-year-old Chicago resident who had acquired the drugs sold a kilogram of heroin to a 36-year-old man who intended to distribute it. At the time the alleged transaction was made, a kilogram of heroin had a street value of about $50,000. They also said they observed a man exchanging heroin with another person in Belmont Gardens.

The FBI also reportedly seized more than 52 kilograms of cocaine, 45 grams of heroin, 13 kilograms of fentanyl and one pound of methamphetamine. The two main men and several others who were accused of being the distributors were taken into custody on July 26 on charges of drug distribution. Three men who were thought to be involved in the drug ring were still at large.

Certain drug charges, such as distribution, carry heavy legal penalties for those who are found guilty. For example, a person convicted of drug distribution could be sentenced to prison, be responsible for expensive court costs and be required to pay substantial fines. However, a criminal law attorney could mount a strong defense against the charges, especially if a person was accused of being involved in a drug distribution ring but was never observed distributing drugs. For example, the attorney may argue that the drugs did not belong to the defendant and there was no evidence the defendant was directly involved.

Source: Downers Grove Patch, "Feds Bust Giant Fentanyl, Cocaine, And Heroin Ring In Chicago And Western Suburbs", Lisa Farver, July 28, 2017

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