Chicago law enforcement officials took two men into custody for their alleged involvement in drug trafficking. The report stated that the two men are members of a street gang called Unknown Vice Lords.
According to the report, the incident occurred on Oct. 2 in the West Side, following an investigation by city police and officials from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration into the cause of some deadly batches of heroin. At one point during the investigation, the police apprehended one of the gang members, a 26-year-old man, after he and another gang member purportedly sold heroin worth $720 to an undercover police officer. The other gang member, a 24-year-old man who was reportedly involved in the sale, eluded authorities by fleeing in his car. However, law enforcement officials located the man in the 300 block of East 47th Street on Oct. 3 around 12:30 p.m. and detained him.
The first man whom police took into custody was held on a signature bond of $10,000, since he did not commit any violent crimes in the past. Therefore, his only charge was possession with intent to deliver. As for the man who fled from police, he faces felony charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding police and possession of heroin with the intent to deliver. His past criminal record includes a conviction in 2011 for resisting arrest in Coles County and three felonies. At the time of reporting, he was under supervision regarding a prior DUI offense.
Individuals who are facing drug charges may benefit from the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. After reviewing the case, the attorney might employ several defense strategies in an attempt to weaken the prosecutor’s case. In some instances, the constitutionality of the search that led to the seizure of the drugs might be challenged.
IUSB Preface, “Gang members charged after week of heroin overdoses”, Lila Blake, Oct. 6, 2015