While all Illinois drug charges carry potentially serious penalties, crimes involving allegations of drug dealing and sales are treated especially harshly. These crimes are similar to but much more limited in scope than drug trafficking charges, but they may still lead to long terms of incarceration.
It was reported on Sept. 11 that several Illinois residents were charged after authorities seized a large number of drugs and a handgun from an Aurora residence. A 41-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man were both taken into custody following the bust.
A man remains in police custody following a drug-related incident that occurred on Aug. 29 in Illinois. He is facing charges of alleged possession with intent to deliver 15 to 100 grams of methamphetamine.
It was reported on Aug. 31 that an Illinois attorney and prosecutor intended to reconvene a motion hearing to determine whether the search of a vehicle involved in a homicide and meth case was valid. The judge noted that he had heard no testimony to justify the opening of the bag that allegedly contained the meth byproduct without a search warrant.
On August 21, a member of one of the largest Latino street gangs in Chicago was taken into custody in McHenry County on numerous drug and weapons charges. According to Spring Grove police, the 23-year-old man is a documented member of the Maniac Latin Disciples. News sources say that the man could face up to seven years in prison if he is convicted.
Illinois residents might be interested in learning that a man was allegedly driving with 50 pounds of marijuana hidden in his car on Aug. 14 in Fox Lake. According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, deputies pulled the man over around 12:30 p.m. on Route 59.
Many Illinois residents are likely unaware of the history of drug laws in the United States. The Controlled Substances Act, signed by President Richard Nixon in 1970, was an attempt to simplify what had been a complex system of over 200 laws. With the CSA in place, drugs were classified under five different schedules. This classification meant that adding or removing drugs from a schedule did not have to involve changing a law. States also have an easier time creating criminal statutes since they can simply refer to drugs by schedule number instead of name.
On Aug. 9, it was reported that a 51-year-old Illinois woman was taken into police custody after authorities recovered $98,000 worth of marijuana from a van. The police also detained a second person who was identified as a 36-year-old Georgia resident.
Authorities in Illinois say that they found 400 grams of cocaine at a home in the 1300 block of Turnbull Drive in Round Lake Heights. Based on information gleaned from that search, police went to another home on the 1800 block of Turnbull Drive. At the second location, authorities say that the took a 34-year-old man into custody after finding 14 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a .38 caliber revolver.
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.