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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.

Officers initially detained the man in a gas station parking lot located in the 2200 block of Route 12 in Spring Grove. Preliminary reports indicate that the man was in possession of less than 15 grams of cocaine and between 100 and 500 grams of marijuana when the incident took place. He also had a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in his vehicle without an owner's ID. He was taken to the McHenry County Jail where he remains on $75,000 bond pending a Sept. 13 court date.

The drug charges include possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession with the intent to deliver marijuana. The weapons charges include possession of a firearm without a firearm owner's identification card, possession of a firearm as a felon and possession of a firearm in a vehicle as a known gang member. The charged man is reportedly a resident of Gurnee in neighboring Lake County.

Chicago residents who find themselves facing similar weapons and drug charges may find it beneficial to seek immediate counsel with a criminal defense attorney. The lawyer could protect the client's rights throughout the legal process while working to achieve satisfactory results in the case. In some situations, the attorney may be able to successfully mitigate the consequences of a possible felony conviction.

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