A 27-year-old man was arrested by police in on Feb. 25 accused of dealing cocaine in Lee County. The charges come as the man already faces felony charges related to cocaine in Whiteside County. The man was targeted for arrest by the Blackhawk Area Task Force of the illinois State Police, which is charged with addressing drug offenses.
The man remains in jail and was required to put up a $1 million bond in order to be released; he applied to be represented by a public defender and to have the bond amount reduced, but both of these requests were denied by the judge. He is facing a number of drug charges, including possession of greater than 100 but less than 400 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of more than 100 but less than 400 grams of cocaine. The first charge carries a sentence of 6 to 30 years in prison while the latter carries a sentence of 4 to 15 years.
The other charges faced by the man date back to 2016. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest in March of that year. In November 2016, he was charged with possession of less than a gram of cocaine with intent to sell near a park, possession of less than a gram with intent to sell and being a felon in possession of a firearm. In 2017, he was later charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence in Whiteside County.
People who have been indicted with drug charges in illinois may face severe consequences if they are convicted, including extensive fines, prison terms and a felony criminal record. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to mount a defense for people accused of drug offenses by challenging questionable evidence and law enforcement practices.