2 Illinois residents charged with drug possession

Following the execution of a search warrant, two people are under arrest and in custody on suspicion of drug-related crimes. Illinois police arrested the couple on Dec. 6 after a search of their home revealed evidence suggesting the two were guilty of drug possession as well as a number of other drug-related offenses. They were expected to appear in drug court the week following their incarceration.

According to the police report, a joint operation between Illinois State Police and the Menard County sheriff's office was launched earlier this year to place the couple, a 33-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, under surveillance. Apparently this included the use of a court-sanctioned eavesdropping "bug" placed within the couple's home. The raid was conducted at 11:00 a.m.

It is unclear what was found in the couple's home, but police deemed it sufficient to charge them with possession of methamphetamine precursors and manufacturing materials, as well as delivery of methamphetamine. These charges are applied individually to both of the accused. Apparently the man in question was free on bond after being charged with another meth-related crime at the time of the arrest. Their case is still being processed.

Sting operations always bring with them the potential for errors on the part of the investigating officers. Illinois officials will have to prove the officers involved in the surveillance and subsequent search of the home acted in accordance with state law at all times. Deviation from protocol may result in the drug possession charges being thrown out or evidence being deemed inadmissible.

Source: sj-r.com, Menard County couple arrested on drug charges, No author, Dec. 6, 2013

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