Illinois police officers took four people into custody after a suspicious smell was reported to Pana law enforcement on July 14. The suspicious smells were reportedly coming from a motel apartment complex located in the 300 block of U.S. Highway 52.
A K-9 officer was sent to investigate the apartment complex. When the officer conducted a search of the apartment, approximately 135 grams of suspected bath salts and drug paraphernalia were found. The officer also reportedly recovered about $8,500 in cash. Ultimately, three people were detained on drug-related charges and a fourth person was brought into custody on five outstanding warrants.
Two Neoga residents, ages 23 and 30, and a 36-year-old Pana man are facing charges for possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition to being detained for the outstanding warrants, a 25-year-old Salem woman was also charged with driving on a suspended license. The case is still under investigation.
In Illinois, those who are accused of being in possession of illegal drugs or controlled substances could potentially face serious legal consequences that could include a prison sentence, probation and fines. In many cases, a person could also have personal property, such as a vehicle, seized while the case is still under investigation. A criminal law attorney could challenge the drug charges depending on case circumstances. For example, the attorney may argue that some of the evidence collected by law enforcement should be deemed inadmissible in court if the authorities did not have probable cause or a legal warrant to search the accused person’s property.