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