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Man detained for having Xanax pills without a prescription

An 18-year-old Illinois man was allegedly observed by police to be throwing prescription drugs into a sump pump pit, and at around 8 a.m. on April 24, police served a search warrant on the man at his home. They reportedly found 36 Xanax pills and no prescription and took him into custody.

The pills were estimated to be worth more than $700. The man's detention came after a week of investigation that involved multiple law enforcement agencies.

The man was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor; obstruction of justice, a class 4 felony; possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 felony; and manufacture/delivery of a prescription drug, a class 3 felony. The man appeared at a bond hearing, and authorities say they released him on his own recognizance.

Drug charges of this nature or even those related to possession that do not include manufacture and delivery charges can be serious. In addition to the legal repercussions, drug convictions may affect a person's access to financial aid for college, some types of housing and some career paths. As a result, a person facing these charges might want to consult an attorney about possibilities for defense. These will depend upon the circumstances of the case. For example, if the drugs in question did not belong to the person and there is evidence to support this, the person might want to plead not guilty. A person may also be able to work out a deal with the prosecution to get the charges and penalty reduced. Finally, an attorney may look into whether the person's rights were violated during the investigation or detention. If they were, the evidence and even the charges might be dismissed.

Source: Geneva Patch, "Geneva Teen Arrested For Possessing Pills Without Prescription", Amie Rowland, April 25, 2018

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