An Illinois man was charged with distributing heroin on Feb. 23 following a joint investigation by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Kane County sheriff’s office. The 56-year-old man was reportedly on parole when he was taken into custody.
Investigators said that at about 1:30 p.m. they saw what appeared to be a drug sale taking place on East Main Street in St. Charles. Following the alleged sale, the authorities stopped the man’s vehicle and recovered a small white powder. After being field tested, the substance tested positive for heroin. Authorities then searched the man’s home, where they found 16 bags of heroin, several prescription pills and about $4,000 in cash. He was ultimately charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance, possession of heroin and possession of prescription pills.
When a person is facing serious drug charges, like distribution of a controlled substance, the legal consequences can be severe. If the person already has a criminal history, the consequences could include a lengthy prison sentence, major fines and potentially even drug education or rehabilitation. If the person is not a U.S. citizen, they could even potentially face deportation if the crimes are serious enough.
A criminal law attorney may defend a client against charges if the evidence does not prove that the person committed the crimes beyond reasonable doubt. If the evidence that the prosecution has against the accused person is strong, the attorney may challenge the evidence. A lawyer may also argue that the authorities did not follow proper procedures when taking the defendant into custody.