A drug seizure conducted in Princeton after a traffic violation. The Illinois State Police pulled over a vehicle at mile marker 48 on eastbound I-80 at around 9:00 a.m. on July 28, and a K-9 officer detected illegal narcotics.
The K-9 officer is part of the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team, and a search uncovered a duffel bag containing three pounds of methamphetamine. The 36-year-old man driving the vehicle admitted the meth was his, and he and his passengers were detained. Three of the people involved are California residents and one is from Ohio. Officers found three more pounds of meth in the squad car that had been concealed, and one of the female passengers also had three pounds of meth in her girdle.
The people face charges for unlawful possession of methamphetamine of more than 900 grams for the nine pounds of meth. The penalties for a Class X felony like this include a minimum prison sentence of 15 years and a maximum fine of a drug’s street value or $400,000. One of the detained individuals was previously convicted for distribution of cocaine.
When facing drug charges, people may wish to consult an attorney before making a decision about whether or not to contest them. This is because the circumstances in a given situation can greatly influence the court process. For example, a case involving possession of a drug could be vastly different than a case involving possession with the intent to sell an illicit substance. The type of drug, the amount and any previous convictions could also alter the severity of any potential consequences. While drug cases can vary, an attorney might first assess whether a law enforcement agency followed the correct protocol and had the requisite reasonable suspicion when conducting a traffic stop that led to the search and seizure.