On Jan. 5, an Illinois man was taken into custody on drug charges after an officer conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle for improper lane use. According to reports, the 40-year-old man was stopped after he was observed driving in a lane that was for parked cars.
Police departments in Illinois and around the country are struggling to cope with a surge in accidents caused by motorists under the influence of drugs. A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association reveals that more drivers who were involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2015 tested positive for drugs than for alcohol, but identifying motorists who are under the influence of illegal drugs or prescription medications remains a problem for law enforcement.
An Illinois man was taken into custody on Dec. 9 after he allegedly fled from a traffic stop before crashing his vehicle. The man, age 27, was ultimately charged with drug and weapons offenses in addition to several moving violations.
An Illinois man has been sentenced to nearly 9 years in prison for possession of drugs with the intent to distribute and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking enterprise. The sentence, which was handed down on Dec. 6, comes about a year after the 58-year-old East Chicago resident was taken into custody by police investigating a drug distribution organization that allegedly used a social club in Calumet as its base of operations.
In an attempt to curb a recent spate of violence in the North Side Uptown area, Chicago police have arrested five people on suspicion of drug crimes. The charges were announced in a community alert on Nov. 15.
Two Illinois men were taken into custody on drug charges following the execution of a search warrant on Nov. 14. During the search of a residence in Libertyville, authorities reportedly found 138 grams of pot and drug-related paraphernalia.
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.