Drug Charges Archives

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.

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.

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.

African-Americans more likely to face wrongful convictions

A study released on March 7 found that Illinois was the state with the second-highest number of exonerations for criminal convictions in 2016. A separate study by the same researchers looked at criminal cases between 1989 and 2016 and found that African-Americans are disproportionately falsely convicted. According to the study, nearly half of the 1,900 people who were wrongly convicted of crimes, including sexual assault, drug charges, and murder, were African-American. This is three times higher than the proportion of African-Americans in the general population. African-Americans are seven times more likely to face a wrongful murder conviction compared to white Americans and 12 times more likely to be convicted of drug crimes.

Traffic stops and medical marijuana

In the state of Illinois, the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is legal. In order for people to be authorized to use the drug, they must register with the Illinois Department of Public Health. The IDPH will provide them with an identification card, and a notation will be made on their driving record so that the authorities are aware that they can legally use marijuana.

You possess the right to challenge drug charges

Just because a police officer claims that he or she found drugs in your car, at your home or even on you does not necessarily equate to a conviction. Be careful not to give up your right to challenge possession charges. Even a conviction for a misdemeanor drug crime can potentially ruin your future.

Hundreds of drug sentences commuted at end of Obama's term

Federal inmates in Illinois and throughout the country had the opportunity to submit requests for a commutation before Barack Obama left office, and on Jan. 19, he approved those for 330 people serving drug sentences. He commuted a total of 1,715 sentences during his time in office, and this was more than any other president in history. Of those, more than 550 were serving life sentences.

Drug use a factor in vehicle accident

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of an illicit drug is occurring more frequently in Illinois and the rest of the country. According to a recent national survey, 10 million people who were age 12 or older admitted to consuming illicit drugs before driving. In Riverside, there has been a 900 percent increase in the last year in the arrests of individuals who are drugged and driving.

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