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August 2017 Archives

Chicago gang member detained on drug, weapons charges

On August 21, a member of one of the largest Latino street gangs in Chicago was taken into custody in McHenry County on numerous drug and weapons charges. According to Spring Grove police, the 23-year-old man is a documented member of the Maniac Latin Disciples. News sources say that the man could face up to seven years in prison if he is convicted.

Drug scheduling and the DEA

Many Illinois residents are likely unaware of the history of drug laws in the United States. The Controlled Substances Act, signed by President Richard Nixon in 1970, was an attempt to simplify what had been a complex system of over 200 laws. With the CSA in place, drugs were classified under five different schedules. This classification meant that adding or removing drugs from a schedule did not have to involve changing a law. States also have an easier time creating criminal statutes since they can simply refer to drugs by schedule number instead of name.

Man faces multiple drug and weapons charges

Authorities in Illinois say that they found 400 grams of cocaine at a home in the 1300 block of Turnbull Drive in Round Lake Heights. Based on information gleaned from that search, police went to another home on the 1800 block of Turnbull Drive. At the second location, authorities say that the took a 34-year-old man into custody after finding 14 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a .38 caliber revolver.

Football coach accused of DUI

A football coach at an Illinois high school was taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol on July 15. However, school officials said on Aug. 4 that, although he will not be coaching the football team, he did still have his job as athletic director.

4 accused of manufacturing meth

On July 25, it was reported that four Illinois residents were taken into custody during an investigation into drug activity and stolen vehicles. All four individuals were facing charges for possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials while one person was facing additional charges for a stolen Harley motorcycle.

People who need medical marijuana in Illinois still face charges

Illinois has taken steps to allow state citizens safe and legal access to medical marijuana. Those with a wide range of medical conditions, such as traumatic brain injuries, cachexia, cancer, Crohn's disease, Lupus, Interstitial Cystitis, HIV/AIDS or even post traumatic stress can qualify. The law does not require that a doctor specifically recommend marijuana as medicine, as many malpractice insurance companies currently refuse to allow recommendations because of federal law. Instead, a doctor only has to provide documentation of an ongoing relationship and a debilitating condition.