Drug Charges

2 residents facing drug charges and millions in fines

Drug charges typically have regrettable consequences for accused individuals, especially if convictions happen. Recently, two Illinois residents were arrested after federal indictments were returned against each of them for drug charges. They face years behind bars and million in fines if government prosecutors are able to secure convictions.

According to reports, authorities charged a 45-year-old man with conspiracy to sell crack and cocaine last year.  At this time, the man is being held at a jail facility with no bond, and the trial is scheduled to begin in March. A 24-year-old woman is also facing a number of federal criminal charges. Authorities charged her with possession of pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine. She was also charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

The woman is also being held in a jail facility with no bond. The man could face anywhere between a five-year to a 40-year prison sentence if he is convicted. Even after being released, he would spend four years under supervision. He could also face a fine of $2 million. The woman could spend the next 20 years behind bars if convicted and three years of supervision once released.

Federal prosecutors in Illinois pursue drug charges to the fullest extent of the law. Nevertheless, just because the individuals were formally charged does not mean they will be found guilty. Prosecutors will need to prove in court each and every element of the crimes charged in the indictments Furthermore, the individuals have the right to contest the allegations against them and challenge evidence prosecutors intend to use on constitutional or other legal grounds.

Source: fox2now.com, “Illinois pair indicted on drug charges“, Kevin S. Held, Feb. 2, 2015

Illinois man arrested for multiple drug charges

When residents in a community hear drug-related stories, they are usually under the assumption that the drugs involved are common street drugs. However, that is not always the case. One 28-year-old Illinois man was recently arrested on drug charges for not only possessing street drugs but also for possessing peyote.

A search of the man’s home, presumably the culmination of an investigation, was carried out in August. During the search, police allegedly discovered a weapon and a large amount of heroin. They also reported finding drug paraphernalia, along with a drug called peyote. According to reports, peyote comes from a plant known to contain hallucinogens. Peyote is most well-known for its use in Native American rituals.

Authorities arrested the man on charges of possession and manufacturing of drugs. At last report, he is still in jail on a $100,000 bond. The man could end up spending years of his life in prison if he is convicted. It is not known if the man has an attorney, and no other information about this matter was reported.

Drug charges have seriously negative effects on individuals’ lives when they result in convictions. In this cases like this one in which one is charged with more than just simple possession, the effects of a conviction are even more severe. Luckily for the defendant, the state’s prosecutor will need to prove his or her case to a jury for a conviction to occur, and that is not always an easy task. However, instead of just hoping for the prosecution to fail, some defendants find that gaining knowledge about their legal rights and understanding the criminal trial procedures in Illinois are beneficial measures.

Source: newsbug.info, “Illinois man charged with possessing peyote“, Dec. 24, 2014

8 face drug charges based on alleged ties to drug cartel

Drug charges come with serious consequences that are life-changing for those who are convicted in a court of law. However, simply being accused of criminal conduct does not mean that one will necessarily be convicted. After a recent Illinois drug bust, eight individuals now face drug charges and the fear of conviction.

According to reports, the leader of the group used a variety of resources to bring drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, into Illinois from out of the country. Once the drugs arrived, they were supposedly housed in multiple warehouses located in the Chicago suburbs. Allegedly, a drug cartel operating south of the border benefited from the drugs being imported. Authorities performed searches at one business and three residences.

Out of the eight people who were charged, seven face conspiracy charges related to the possession and distribution of heroin. All eight of them were charged with the distribution of heroin on behalf of a drug cartel. Three were placed under arrest in Oklahoma, and three other individuals were arrested near Chicago. The defendants could possibly be sentenced to life behind bars and a fine of $10 million each.

If convicted of drug charges, the individuals could lose their freedom for the rest of their lives. Illinois residents who are charged with drug crimes may be able to reduce their legal risk by gaining knowledge of criminal procedures and their legal rights. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help defendants develop solid defense strategies that can potentially increase the odds of obtaining favorable outcomes.

Source: bnd.com, “8 people charged with Chicago heroin distribution“, Dec. 10, 2014

Illinois teen charged with violent crimes in alleged drug deal

A 19-year-old man was recently arrested in connection with a drug deal that apparently turned violent. An 18-year-old victim was discovered shot to death in his vehicle in the recent months. The Illinois teen suspect was charged with violent crimes, including murder and robbery.

According to reports, the night before the killing, someone had called the victim numerous times. When authorities looked into the matter further, it was discovered that the number belonged to the suspect. A witness reportedly informed officers that the suspect was contacting the victim to purchase marijuana. The witness allegedly gave the suspect $20 for the drug and when the suspect returned, he had a firearm and $30 worth of marijuana in his possession.

Authorities went to the suspect’s home and discovered a firearm and marijuana. The officers were able to link a casing to the bullet from the victim and from the SUV. Reportedly, the victim was shot in the head. The suspect was charged with homicide and murder during a robbery.

As the suspect gets prepared for his trial, he could benefit from expanding his rights as a defendant and his knowledge of Illinois criminal procedures. In spite of witness statements, the suspect has the right to give his own testimony and confront his accusers in a criminal courtroom. Furthermore, just because someone has been formally charged with a crime does not mean they will automatically be found guilty by a jury. While those who are charged with violent crimes such as murder typically have a contentious battle ahead of them, they have the right to fight for achieving the best possible outcome in their case.

Source: Post-Tribune, “Illinois man charged in February shooting death“, , June 11, 2014

Illinois man arrested for drug charges after search

suspect has been arrested for the second time after authorities reportedly received a tip. Officers searched his home and allegedly found a meth lab. The 21-year-old Illinois man is now facing drug charges. The suspect was previously arrested for similar charges last year when authorities allegedly discovered a meth lab inside his residence.

Authorities reportedly received a tip from an unnamed source about drugs in the suspect’s home. Officers launched an investigation into the matter and arrived at the home to conduct a search. In the home, officers allegedly discovered drug paraphernalia such as instructional materials to make controlled substances and chemicals. Other items allegedly discovered were burners and multiple jars of psychedelic mushrooms.

Authorities charged the suspect with felony counts of possession of meth manufacturing materials and possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with a misdemeanor of drug paraphernalia possession. This is not the first time the suspect has had a brush with the law and, last summer, he was arrested for drug charges and placed on a monitoring system.

Drug charges can turn someone’s life upside down if convicted. Not only do defendants risk losing their freedom, they also stand to lose respect in their communities. These convictions can make it challenging for defendants to become gainfully employed or even have housing. Prosecutors have the requirement of meeting a burden of proof in order to secure a conviction. Illinois defendants can possibly reduce their legal risks by becoming knowledgeable about their legal rights and the criminal procedures inside a courtroom.

Source: ABC Chicago, Daniel Kowalski charged with meth lab in La Grange Highlands, Illinois, No author, Feb. 26, 2014

3 Illinois suspects face drug charges

Drug charges can have a severe impact on those who are arrested, particularly if a conviction is obtained by the state. Not only can drug charges affect someone’s freedom, it can also affect their long-term livelihood. Three Illinois suspects were arrested for drug crimes after officers searched a residence.

Officials had suspected that the home was turned into a place for the production of methamphetamine, and they launched an investigation. On Tuesday night, authorities were able to obtain a search warrant that allowed them to gain access into the residence. Upon entering the home, three suspects were present, and officers continued to search until they allegedly stumbled upon over 300 grams of meth. Officers also allegedly found materials used to make the drug.

Authorities placed a 21-year-old woman under arrest and charged her with possession of meth manufacturing materials. A 29-year-old man was arrested and charged with methamphetamine possession. A 30-year-old man faces the most charges and was arrested for illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine with intent to sell. He was also charged with illegal possession of meth and other charges.

As these suspects prepare to enter the courtroom and defend against the drug charges, it would benefit them to have knowledge of what prosecutors intend to use against them. Having this knowledge gives them the opportunity to challenge the evidence presented in an effort to preserve their legal rights and their freedom. In situations where evidence may seem in favor of Illinois prosecutors, the defense team may be able to secure reduced charges for the defendants.

Source: duquoin.com, Sheriff’s department makes three methamphetamine drug arrests in Tamaroa, No author, Jan. 23, 2014

Prior drug charges could send Illinois man to prison

Pursuant to a recent plea agreement, an Illinois man received a prison sentence of three years. The judge presiding over the case, however, recommended the man for a state-run boot camp instead of serving the prison sentence. However, he may not be able to take advantage of the program because of prior drug charges in another county for which he was on probation.

Last July, the man was convicted of possessing a controlled substance and DUI. In addition to his community service and probation, the man participated in a support group for heroin addiction and was even interviewed on national television in connection with that group. In September, he was arrested for transporting and selling narcotics from one part of Illinois to another.

Investigators reportedly made three controlled buys that yielded a total of approximately six grams of heroin. On Sept. 16, after a second meeting to purchase the drugs, the decision was made to arrest the man. The charge he pleaded guilty to was unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony.

No report is presently available regarding how and when a decision will be made regarding this man’s participation in the Illinois Department of Corrections’ boot camp concerning the drug charges for which he pleaded guilty. Both the positive and negative aspects of this man’s activity since his conviction last July will likely be reviewed. The focus of the criminal defense will now necessarily shift to seeking the permission of the authorities for his admittance into the boot camp.

Source: ABC 7, Heroin user-dealer Peter Rundo sentenced to prison, No author, Dec. 24, 2013

Large drug sweep ensnares 20 people in Illinois

In a recent sweep of an Illinois county, more than 20 people were arrested on drug-related charges. A handful of people were arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, and another handful of people were arrested for unlawful delivery of marijuana. One person was arrested for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Details about the 22 people who were arrested in this sweep were scarce (we don’t know if they were acting together, or if it was a variety of incidents), but there are a few things we can learn from this story.

First, if these people were all arrested in connection with one another, then it is likely that they will also be charged with drug conspiracy. Drug conspiracy charges are tricky: what constitutes participating in a conspiracy? At the same time, doesn’t charging some with drug conspiracy while also charging them with drug possession or distribution seem like the system is punishing someone twice for the same crime?

These conspiracy charges sometimes are dropped or reduced upon appeal, so it behooves the accused person to consider such a legal move.

Second, we have to consider the manner in which the police collected the evidence and information against these people. Was it lawful? Did they have the necessary warrants? Did they follow due process? If the police violated any of these aspects, the charges against the arrested people could be dropped.

Third and finally, as is the case with any criminal situation, the accused person should always consult a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Source: State Journal-Register, “Twenty-two people arrested on drug charges,” Oct. 25, 2013

Despite legalization in some states, pot arrests remain high

For years, Americans have had a love and hate relationship with the all-natural plant derived drug known as marijuana. The drug grew in popularity and gained national attention from both media and politicians during the 1960s when it was readily associated with the hippie and anti-war movements. Since that time, law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. have worked to criminalize the drug to the point where marijuana-related arrests around the country have soared to staggering numbers.

According to a recently released 2012 report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, one person in the U.S. is arrested on marijuana-related charges every 48 seconds. In total, roughly 750,000 individuals were arrested across the U.S. last year for either possessing, growing or distributing marijuana.

The FBI’s statistics related to marijuana arrests anger many who contend law enforcement’s continued obsession with the drug only serves to distract from more important matters. Namely, violent crimes such as murder, rape and aggravated assault as FBI statistics indicate the success rate for solving these types of violent crimes are decreasing.

While states like Colorado and Washington have taken steps to legalize marijuana, states like Illinois continue to actively seek and prosecute individuals found to possess even small quantities of the drug. Individuals who face drug-related charges often face harsh penalties and fines.

Illinois residents facing drug charges related to the possession or distribution of marijuana would be wise to seek legal advice. A drug conviction can have many unforeseen implications that can adversely impact an individual’s ability to attend college and obtain a job or apartment.

Source: MintPress News, “FBI Reports Marijuana Arrests Are At Near-Record Levels,” Katie Rucke, Sep. 18, 2013

Changes announced for mandatory sentencing of drug crimes

During 2010 alone, the U.S. spent an estimated $80 billion dollars prosecuting and housing prisoners. Many of those individuals who were prosecuted and sentenced to prison were non-violent drug offenders. As a result, U.S. prisons are reportedly 40 percent over capacity and taxpayers are footing the bill. More importantly, the lives of these non-violent drug offenders are negatively impacted as they deal with the stigma of a prison sentence and criminal record.

U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, recently spoke out about proposed changes in how individuals accused of non-violent crimes, particularly drug crimes, will be prosecuted. Currently, if found guilty, individuals accused of such crimes are subject to mandatory sentencing laws that often carry harsh penalties including time in prison.

Newly proposed policies and legislation, however, would provide judges more discretion when imposing sentences and thereby prevent many non-violent drug offenders from serving time behind bars. Not only do the proposed changes to mandatory sentencing laws and guidelines make financial sense, but such changes would serve to benefit many individuals who would be better off in a drug treatment program than prison.

In many cases, non-violent drug offenders are young and sentencing these men and women to serve time behind bars often also sentences them to a live of crime. Today, in many cases, the punishment for those charged with drug-related offenses just doesn’t fit the crime.

Illinois residents facing drug charges may still be subject to harsh penalties including fines and jail or prison time. A criminal defense attorney can help defend against drug charges and provide for the best possible legal outcome.

Source: ABA Journal, “Sweeping reversal of War on Drugs announced by Attorney General Holder,” Terry Carter, Aug. 12, 2013