Illinois residents might be interested in learning that a man was allegedly driving with 50 pounds of marijuana hidden in his car on Aug. 14 in Fox Lake. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, deputies pulled the man over around 12:30 p.m. on Route 59.
Authorities report that the man, who is from California, was stopped because his registration was not visible on his vehicle. When they approached the car, deputies reported that they smelled the odor of marijuana. Upon a search, the deputies reportedly found marijuana worth an estimated street value of $150,000.
The 39-year-old man was also reportedly found to be in possession of cocaine. He was taken into custody and booked into the Lake County Jail on multiple charges. He is currently facing drug trafficking of cannabis, delivery of cannabis, felony possession of cannabis, felony possession of a controlled substance and two misdemeanors. It is unclear whether a bond was set in his case.
Drug charges may carry serious penalties when allegations of trafficking and distribution are involved. People who are charged with serious drug offenses might benefit by getting help from criminal defense attorneys who have experience with these types of cases. Attorneys might analyze the reports and the evidence in order to identify potential defenses and constitutional problems with the allegations. If there are evidentiary issues, the attorneys may file motions to suppress the evidence. In some cases, it may be possible to win the cases at the motions hearings if the drug evidence is suppressed. In others, the attorneys may negotiate favorable pleas or advocate for their clients at trials.
Source: Chicago Sun Times, “Cops: California man stopped with $150K worth of marijuana in vehicle,” Aug. 14, 2017