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3 taken into custody following drug house raid

On June 15, Illinois authorities raided a home in Alton following a six-month period of continuous complaints from neighbors. Authorities said that multiple people were detained during the raid but only three were taken into custody. Additionally, five children were removed from the residence and were handed over to family members.

The alleged drug house was located near Anex and Edwards Street. The Alton Deputy Police Chief said that the neighbors were vital in giving the police evidence that illegal narcotics were being used and sold at the residence. The three individuals who were taken into custody were charged with felony drug-related offenses, including delivery of meth and marijuana.

Uber driver carrying passenger charged with drunk driving

An Illinois Uber driver is facing several criminal charges including a felony drunk driving count for allegedly transporting a paying customer while under the influence of alcohol. The man's Ford Explorer SUV was pulled over by police in northern Kane County during the early morning hours of May 28. He was then placed into custody and handed charges of aggravated DUI and disorderly conduct. He was also cited for a number of traffic violations. The man's bail has been set at $10,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court again on June 28.

Media accounts of the incident reveal that police were called when the man's passenger became alarmed. A deputy with the Kane County Sheriff's Office stopped the man's SUV as it was proceeding eastbound on Plank Road in the vicinity of Muirhead Road west of Elgin. Police reports do not indicate what may have led the deputy or the passenger to conclude that the man was impaired.

2 men charged with drug trafficking

According to the Illinois State Police, two Tennessee men were taken into custody on May 17 after authorities found several pounds of marijuana in their vehicle. The incident occurred after an off duty officer spotted a Dodge Charger sitting in the middle of County Road 300 E in Seymour while one of the men was urinating in a nearby field.

The off duty officer spotted the parked vehicle at about 2 p.m. As the officer approached the vehicle, he reportedly saw open alcohol containers near the vehicle. As he was talking to the two men, he said that he smelled burning marijuana coming from the vehicle. When he asked about the smell, one of the men, age 27, handed over approximately 2 grams of marijuana that had been in the glove box.

Know what is at stake with a DUI charge in Illinois

Like most people, you probably didn't set out to drive after you had too much to drink. In fact, you probably didn't intend to get drunk; you might simply have wanted a couple of drinks with friends or family. Regardless of your intentions at the beginning of the night, you later got stopped and arrested for drunk driving.

Now, your anxiety is probably through the roof. You wonder what potential penalties you could face, how your arrest will affect your personal and professional life, and what a conviction could cost you. Even a conviction for a first offense comes with potentially harsh penalties, and you need to know your legal options for minimizing the negative consequences. To clarify matters, it can help to understand exactly what is at stake.

Police raid home of Illinois man and seize marijuana

A 29-year-old man arrested by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department appeared in court on May 3 with a bandage on his head. He said the injury occurred at the time of his arrest. Law enforcement entered his home in Kirkland on May 2 with a search warrant in a predawn raid. They reported finding over a half pound of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, hash oil and a baggie with cocaine residue.

He faces multiple criminal charges that could send him to prison for up to five years if he is convicted on the most serious charge. Authorities accused him of possession of drug paraphernalia, drug possession and intent to deliver marijuana.

Man sentenced to prison for transporting marijuana

On April 18, an Illinois man entered a guilty plea after being charged with unlawful delivery of marijuana. The 28-year-old Mound City resident was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

In July 2016, the Carbondale Police Department received a tip that the man's brother had purchased an Amtrak train ticket. It was believed that the brother was using the train to move narcotics from Chicago. The authorities were also told that the convicted man was likely waiting at the Carbondale station to pick the brother and any potential drugs up.

Drugged driving may be becoming more prevalent

Illinois motorists may not be pleased to learn that, as opioid drug abuse is becoming more prevalent in certain parts of the country, drugged driving incidents also appear to be increasing. In fact, a 2014 survey showed that the number of those who admitted to driving while under the influence of drugs was approximately 10 million.

One high-profile case included an Ohio man who was found by another motorist after he had overdosed. The man was sitting in the driver's seat in the middle of the road. Although the vehicle was still running, it was stopped as the man's foot was sitting on the brake. He was taken to a hospital where he was treated by police. While authorities from the police department were unable to talk to him prior to his release, they noted that these types of incidents have been becoming more prevalent than ever before.

Illinois man charged with sexual assault of minors

An Illinois man is facing a potential life sentence based on accusations that he sexually abused girls at a gymnastics facility where he worked as an instructor.

The Daily Chronicle reports that the man, 22, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. The latter charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole or probation. A conviction of aggravated criminal sexual abuse carries a prison sentence of three to seven years.

Woman charged with DUI after car accident

An Illinois woman who attempted to flee from authorities on March 17 was charged with DUI and a number of other offenses following a two-vehicle crash. The incident occurred at about 4:56 p.m. near the Route 53 and 135th Street intersection in Romeoville.

Immediately following the accident, both vehicles pulled into a gas station nearby while they waited for the authorities to get to the scene. While they were waiting, the other driver noticed that the 49-year-old woman may have been under the influence. When an officer did arrive, he attempted to conduct a field sobriety test on the woman. She then attempted to flee from the scene, though the officer caught up with her. A scuffle ensued during which the woman attempted to bite the officer's gloved hand.

Man in DUI fatality case gets 10 days in jail and probation

An Illinois man from Park Ridge was sentenced to 10 days in jail and four years of probation for a 2013 drunk driving accident in which a cyclist was killed. The man received his sentence after he pleaded guilty to aggravated drunk driving and reckless homicide on Jan. 27.

According to law enforcement officers, the 32-year-old man was driving at twice the posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour at the time of the accident, and he had a blood alcohol of 0.15 percent. He reportedly hit the 26-year-old cyclist in the 1300 block of North Clybourn.

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