On Nov. 17, an Illinois man was arrested in Montgomery County after police allegedly discovered almost a pound of heroin in his vehicle during a traffic stop. The suspect was reportedly transporting the drugs from Chicago to St. Louis.
According to the Illinois State Police, a trooper pulled over a driver for speeding on the I-55 near Litchfield. The man initially fled the scene and then pulled back over 2 miles down the road. The trooper was suspicious that the driver had tossed something illegal out of his vehicle while fleeing and called a K-9 unit to the scene. The dog found bags containing 439 grams of heroin and 42 grams of marijuana in a roadside ditch a half mile from where the driver was first stopped. A representative of the ISP said the heroin has a street value of nearly $44,000.
The defendant was charged with possession of heroin, possession of cannabis, speeding, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer and failure to signal. He was held on $150,000 bond. If the suspect is found guilty, he could be sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Individuals convicted of drug possession in Illinois may face very serious consequences, including lengthy prison terms and hefty fines. However, every defendant has the right to fight criminal allegations in court. With the aid of a criminal defense attorney, it may be possible to get drug charges reduced or dismissed. For example, a lawyer could scrutinize police conduct for search and seizure protocol violations, and if any are found, this could possibly bring about a dismissal of charges. The lawyer might also be able to negotiate a plea deal that allows a defendant to plead guilty to reduced charges.
Source: Advantage News, “State trooper seizes heroin after traffic stop,” Nov. 23, 2015