The challenges that Illinois faces dealing with drug abuse and distribution is part of a nationwide issue affecting the rich and poor. On Nov. 14, actress Rose McGowan was taken into custody and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. The actress turned herself in as a result of charges stemming from police investigating personal belongings the actress left behind on a United Airlines flight.
On Nov. 3, it was announced by authorities in Illinois that seven people were facing drug charges following a lengthy investigation. The investigation began in Rockford in February and ultimately resulted in two federal indictments.
Seven Illinois residents were taken into custody on Oct. 24 for alleged distribution of methamphetamine in Coles County, according to a press release issued by the Charleston Police Department. The arrests were the culmination of a two-month investigation conducted by Charleston police, the East Central Illinois Task Force and the Coles County Sheriff's Office.
On Oct. 24, an Illinois man was charged with felony drug offenses after he was accused of selling ecstasy pills to a police officer. According to authorities, the alleged drug sale occurred during an undercover sting in a Chicago suburb.
According to news sources, a 35-year-old man is facing multiple charges after a search of his Aurora home. The search occurred on Sept. 13 at 4:20 p.m.
On Oct. 7, law enforcement officers in Illinois detained a Mexican man after a moving violation. His arrest reportedly led to several drug busts during which authorities seized approximately 600 pounds of marijuana that were believed to be linked to a drug cartel in Mexico.
On Oct. 1, the police department at the University of Illinois reported that more than 400 grams of cocaine were seized at an apartment. The apartment was located in the 300 block of East John Street near Campustown.
On Oct. 1, two Illinois residents were taken into custody after a large amount of cocaine and MDMA was seized from an apartment during the execution of a search warrant. The apartment was located near the Fourth Street and John Street intersection in Champaign.
On Sept. 29, Illinois law enforcement agencies reported that 22 people were indicted on 52 felony drug-related charges. The charges were filed following a 10-month investigation into an Aurora-based street gang and its associates.
The latest Uniform Crime Report from the FBI shows that law enforcement agencies spend considerable resources arresting people for drugs in Illinois and across the country. In 2016, 1.57 million arrests took place because of drug offenses. Simple drug possession caused 84.6 percent of those arrests. This represented a 5.63 percent increase in drug-related arrests from the year before. The volume of drug arrests exceeded arrests for all violent crimes by a factor of three.