Illinois residents may be interested to know that the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Drug Tactical Unit has removed 43 guns in the first four months of 2017. This is the same number of guns that were removed in all of 2016. One case involved a man who was traveling to Colorado and returning with marijuana. Based on a tip, authorities went to the man’s home and immediately smelled the drug when he opened the door.
Upon searching the residence, authorities say that they found 13 shotguns and nine handguns. This was in addition to ammunition and multiple types of drugs that included marijuana. The 47-year-old was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance as well as two counts of armed violence. His bond was set at $100,000.
Those who are facing drug charges may wish to hire a criminal defense attorney. Doing so may make it possible to cast doubt upon the evidence used to charge the defendant. In some cases, an attorney may focus on discrediting a key witness or casting doubt on how evidence was acquired or handled after it was acquired. This may lead to a plea bargain or full acquittal in a case.
A plea bargain may reduce the penalties that an individual receives for a conviction or may reduce charges to less serious ones. This may be done if a defendant agrees to provide information about other defendants or was charged with a minor crime and is not thought to be a danger to the community.