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.
An Illinois man was taken into custody and was charged for drug-related offenses on Sept. 13. Authorities announced on Sept. 19 that federal agents seized more than 100 pounds of cocaine and heroin from the man's apartment.
On Sept. 13, a 30-year-old Illinois man was sentenced to 11 years behind bars after pleading guilty to methamphetamine possession, according to the Vermilion County State's Attorney's Office. He was initially taken into custody in 2016.
While all Illinois drug charges carry potentially serious penalties, crimes involving allegations of drug dealing and sales are treated especially harshly. These crimes are similar to but much more limited in scope than drug trafficking charges, but they may still lead to long terms of incarceration.
It was reported on Sept. 11 that several Illinois residents were charged after authorities seized a large number of drugs and a handgun from an Aurora residence. A 41-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man were both taken into custody following the bust.