On Jan. 5, an Illinois man was taken into custody on drug charges after an officer conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle for improper lane use. According to reports, the 40-year-old man was stopped after he was observed driving in a lane that was for parked cars.
The traffic stop was conducted near the Harlem and Robinson Court intersection at about 1.03 p.m. The man reportedly told the officer that he did not have a valid driver’s license, so he gave the officer a state ID card instead. The officer found that the man had his driver’s license revoked as a result of four prior DUI convictions. After he was taken into custody for driving with a revoked license, the vehicle was searched.
During the search, officers reportedly found cannabis and equipment often used for packaging and selling drugs. A canine officer was brought to the scene for an additional search. Authorities found cannabis, cocaine and brownies that had cannabis in them. As a result of the vehicle search, he was charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of cannabis and felony manufacture and delivery of cocaine and cannabis.
Drug charges that involve possession with intent to distribute carry serious consequences if a conviction is obtained. These could include lengthy periods of incarceration, substantial fines, and probation. Those who are convicted could have trouble finding gainful employment after they are released from jail or prison as well. As a result, people who are facing such charges may want to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that a strategy to combat the allegations can be constructed.
Source: La Grange Patch, “Pot Brownies, Cocaine, Weed Found On Man: Riverside Cops“, Andrea Earnest, Jan. 8, 2018