Edwardsville Criminal Defense Law Blog

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.

Opioid addiction and credit card fraud may have connection

Having a substance abuse problem is a slippery slope. You may find yourself unable to carry out obligations because you are too busy thinking about your next fix, using or trying to obtain more of the substance. As a result, many aspects of your life can be ruined due to your addiction.

Additionally, individuals with addiction problems often end up embroiled in illegal activity. While buying, possessing, using or selling illegal drugs can easily result in criminal charges, you may also face allegations of other crimes because of the steps you took to pay for your drug habit.

Illinois police break up major drug ring

Media outlets in Illinois have reported that four men who are alleged to have been involved in a major McLean County drug distribution ring have been taken into custody. The men, who are 23, 30, 38 and 52 years of age, will likely face federal narcotics charges according to a Bloomington Police Department representative. Reports indicate that the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

The investigation began when officers noticed what they believed to be significant drug activity taking place at apartments on East Empire Street and Fairmont Drive in Bloomington. While the apartments were under observation, the BPD was assisted by the U.S. Marshals Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Illinois State Police. Once police had gathered enough evidence to establish that drug transactions were likely taking place, search warrants were obtained to enter the apartments.

NTSB calls for drug testing standards

The National Transportation Safety Board has called for new standards applicable to roadside drug testing devices in Illinois and across the U.S. The NTSB asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to come up with the standards and provide states with further guidance about how to deal with drug-impaired driving as more states legalize marijuana and more people abuse prescription drugs.

The recommendations come after an NTSB investigation into a crash that left 13 people dead in rural Texas. The crash was caused by the driver of a pickup truck who was reportedly under the influence of marijuana and a prescription anti-anxiety medication. The pickup truck driver collided head-on with a bus owned by a church. Another driver on the road submitted video showing that the pickup truck repeatedly crossing the center line and veering onto the shoulder for a period of 15 minutes.

Mail fraud: a federal crime

Residents of Illinois can be charged in federal court if they commit mail fraud. The Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution grants the federal government authority to prosecute interstate mail fraud. This type of crime includes any scheme to obtain money or property under false pretenses or distributing, exchanging, supplying or using counterfeits.

The federal statute is interpreted broadly to include many illegal acts related to fraud. This includes mailing contracts related to a fraudulent scheme. An offender charged with mail fraud and another serious crime may be prosecuted for both felonies simultaneously. "Mail" is also interpreted broadly and can include commercial mail carriers other than the United States Postal Service.

Marijuana arrests are on the rise

Medical marijuana has become legal in many states across the U.S., including Illinois. Despite the legalization of the drug for recreational use as well in some states, marijuana-related arrests continue to rise.

There were 659,700 marijuana arrests in 2017 compared to 653,249 in 2016. Most of these arrests were for simple possession charges rather than selling or growing marijuana. In states where recreational marijuana legislation has been passed, the bans on marijuana possession for adults have been lifted.

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