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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.

Illinois woman posts bail after arrest for crack cocaine

A 39-year-old woman has obtained release from the Will County Adult Detention Facility by providing 10 percent of her $15,000 bond. The report from the Joliet Police Department stated that she was arrested for possession of crack cocaine and a glass pipe.

Officers said that they initiated a traffic stop of her tan Buick in the early morning hours after noticing that the driver and passenger were not wearing seat belts. She stopped for police near the intersection of Washington and Richards streets on Joliet's east side. She provided identification, but her male passenger said that he did not have any identification documents.

Woman sentenced to 13 years for drug charges

On August 27, a U.S. district court judge sentenced a 33-year-old Illinois woman to 13 years in federal prison for possession and distribution of methamphetamine. The defendant, a Harrisburg resident, was additionally assessed a $400 fine and sentenced to eight years of supervised release.

According to federal prosecutors, the defendant and her co-defendant manufactured and delivered methamphetamine in Jackson, Saline and Williamson Counties from January 2015 until April 2017. The court found that she was responsible for distributing more than a kilogram of crystal meth and possessing over 200 grams of pseudoephedrine, which is a decongestant commonly used to manufacture meth. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine.

Peoria County police take woman into custody for DUI

At about 4:31 a.m. on Aug. 11, a Peoria County sheriff's deputy spotted a car traveling at an excessive speed westbound on Plank Road. The vehicle reached speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour as it made its way to Illinois Route 116 and into Hanna City. When the vehicle eventually came to a stop, officers made contact with the 34-year-old woman driver who offered to recite the alphabet in Greek.

However, officers noted that she was only partially able to recite the alphabet in English despite making multiple attempts to do so. It was also noted that she had trouble walking and maintaining her balance during field sobriety tests and that she had watery and glassy eyes. Furthermore, authorities said that the vehicle had an odor of alcohol coming from it.

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