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Woman charged after police find cocaine in her home

It was reported on March 23 that an Illinois woman was taken into custody and charged with drug-related offenses. The charges were placed on the 34-year-old Woodstock resident following a two-month investigation.

McHenry County authorities investigated the woman's residence, which was located in the 900 block of Quill Lane, on March 21. They reportedly seized about 7 ounces of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and more than $14,000 in cash. Authorities said that the cocaine had an estimated street value of about $19,800.

As a result of the investigation, the woman was charged with possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance. If she is convicted on the two charges, she could face a maximum of 30 years in prison. She was being held at McHenry County Jail on a $150,000 bond. Her first court appearance was scheduled for April 19.

A person who is convicted on drug charges in the state of Illinois could face a variety of different legal consequences that could include time in jail or prison, probation, heavy fines and drug education or rehabilitation. If the person is not a citizen of the U.S., he or she could even face deportation. The consequences for convictions on drug charges typically depend on a number of different factors, including the drug involved, the amount of the drug and the actual alleged crime itself, like possession or drug trafficking.

Because the consequences for those facing drug charges can be severe, a criminal law attorney may independently investigate the case in order to look for weaknesses. For example, the attorney may argue that the person's rights were violated during the investigation, which if successful could potentially result in the charges being dropped.

Source: Northwest Herald, "Woodstock woman faces felony cocaine charges", Katie Smith, March 23, 2018

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