Edwardsville Criminal Defense Law Blog

Three busted for meth during traffic stop

On March 4, three people were taken into custody for drug charges after a traffic stop in Illinois. The incident occurred at approximately 1:55 p.m. in Warsaw.

According to a local television station, a deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office pulled over a vehicle at the intersection of 6th Street and Jackson Street. During the stop, the deputy searched the interior of the vehicle and allegedly discovered methamphetamine, other controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

Illinois man faces multiple felony drug charges

A Lake County traffic stop on the morning of Feb. 19 ended in the arrest of a known gang member for multiple charges related to drug possession and intention to distribute illicit substances. The local gang task force overseen by the Lake County Sheriff's Office was responsible for the arrest of the 22-year-old male. He had already been identified as a potential affiliate of a local gang by the sheriff's office before the arrest.

The initial arrest was made after detectives determined that the man didn't have a valid driver's license. They also discovered that he was in possession of ecstasy and cocaine. The man was then transported to jail immediately to be held on bond awaiting trial for multiple felony charges.

Illinois man arrested after cocaine found in car

On Feb. 4, police officers arrested a man for allegedly having drugs and drug equipment in his possession. The incident took place at a gas station in Joliet at approximately 7:50 a.m.

According to the Joliet Police Department, officers were called to the scene of a car accident at a Speedway gas station located on the 1600 block of West Jefferson Street. Once on the scene, the officers said they observed drug paraphernalia laying out in the open in one of the vehicles. They searched the vehicle and allegedly discovered multiple plastic baggies containing cocaine. The driver of the vehicle was then taken into custody on drug charges.

How police determine impairment by drugs

If police pull you over under suspicion of impaired driving, they may ask you to take a roadside breath test. While the law does not require you to submit to such a test until after police arrest you, you may agree to take the test and blow into the portable device. If the device shows your blood alcohol concentration to be under the legal limit of .08 percent, you may expect police to send you on your way. Not so fast.

Alcohol is not the only substance that can cause impairment in a driver. In fact, more drivers are behind the wheel after using drugs than ever before, and police are aware that their methods of detecting impairment for alcohol do not work when drugs are the issue. This is why police may turn you over to a drug recognition evaluator if they believe you are impaired but your BAC is below the legal limit.

Proposed legislation would help keep animals safe

Animals in Illinois and throughout America would be protected if the Preventing Animal Cruel and Torture, or PACT, Act passes. Anyone convicted of violating this proposed legislation would be subject to prison time, a fine or both. The legislation was brought forth by a member of each party in the House, and some exceptions would apply. Those exceptions would include killing animals for legitimate hunting purposes or to protect against a dangerous animal.

There is confidence that the bill will be brought up for a vote and passed. It has broad bipartisan support with 284 co-sponsors and endorsements from outside groups. If passed, the PACT Act would prohibit the crushing, burning or drowning of animals. It would also make it illegal to impale or otherwise torture an animal. Individuals could also be charged under this legislation if they are found sexually assaulting or exploiting an animal.

Teens giving away and sharing drugs prosecuted as drug dealers

Drugs like marijuana, heroin and prescription medications have the potential to cause serious harm to teenagers in Illinois and elsewhere who use them. When a negative event occurs, like an overdose or arrest, teenagers increasingly face the possibility of being prosecuted as drug traffickers. Supplying drugs opens the door to serious drug charges even when people do not charge any money for the drugs.

The low street prices of prescription pills make them accessible to teenagers. Adderall, the most popular pill among young people, costs about $10 per pill as do 15-milligram morphine pills from emergency rooms. Some teens also order illicit pills on the dark web and have them delivered to their homes. Teens often pool their money to purchase street drugs or prescription pills or simply steal them from adults' medicine cabinets. They frequently share these drugs among themselves. These methods that many teenagers employ to obtain drugs might not make them think of themselves as drug dealers.

Dixon police find cocaine and handgun in home of parolee

A 37-year-old man who already had a long history within the Illinois Department of Corrections was arrested on Dec. 27 after police in Dixon searched his home. He had been out on parole since February 2016, but a news release from the Dixon police stated that law enforcement officers found a semi-automatic handgun and 100 grams of cocaine in his Dixon apartment. The court set his bond at $75,000, and he awaits a hearing.

Authorities charged him with drug trafficking and possessing a weapon as a habitual criminal. He had been convicted in 1996 in Cook County for battery with a firearm and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Since his release, law enforcement had encountered him multiple times. He currently faces a charge of resisting arrest in Whiteside County, where he expects to have a jury trial. In Lee County, five cases for traffic violations remain pending against him. In May 2018, he entered a guilty plea for speeding in Bureau County and paid a $500 fine.

Felony drug possession charges for rapper Ty Dolla

Illinois fans of rapper Ty Dolla $ign may have heard that he could be sentenced to 15 years in prison. On Dec. 10, he was indicted by a grand jury on charges of misdemeanor possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, felony possession of THC and felony possession of cocaine.

The charges are related to an incident that occurred on Sept. 5. Ty Dolla was taken into custody in Atlanta after his limousine van was searched by police. He was handcuffed during the search along with Skrillex and several other people. In the video of the incident, dogs are barking, and an officer says that marijuana has been found. Ty Dolla did not speak when an officer asked if anyone wanted to claim it, but he and one other person were led away.

Woman arrested for drugs, alcohol at roadside safety checkpoint

A 29-year-old Illinois woman was taken into custody on Nov. 23 for allegedly possessing drugs and carrying an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. The incident occurred during a roadside safety checkpoint in Joliet on the 400 block of West Jefferson Street.

According to the Joliet Police Department, a black Jeep Cherokee approached the checkpoint at around 10:50 p.m. When officers spoke with the vehicle's driver, they saw a liquor bottle sitting beside the left leg of the defendant, who was riding in the front passenger seat. They asked her to hand them the bottle, and she complied. Officers then asked both the driver and the defendant to exit the vehicle so they could search it. During the ensuing search, they allegedly discovered a small container of marijuana. The defendant was asked if she had any other drugs in her possession, and she handed over a baggie of cocaine.

Two men arrested in cocaine bust

On Nov. 2, two Illinois men were arrested on drug and weapons offenses following a police search. One of the men attempted to eat his drug stash when approached by police.

According to local media reports, officers from the Carpentersville Police Department executed a search warrant at a home on the 1000 block of Chippewa Circle. Inside, they encountered the 51-year-old male owner of the home and a 30-year-old man. They also allegedly found between 15 and 100 grams of cocaine that the homeowner planned to sell, 25 hydrocodone pills and a stolen 9mm handgun.

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