On Aug. 21, a 23-year-old Illinois man was taken into custody after authorities found marijuana and a loaded handgun in the man's vehicle. Authorities also identified the man as a member of a known gang.
The incident that led to the arrest occurred at a gas station located in the 2200 block of Route 12 in Woodstock. Spring Grove police allegedly recovered between 100 and 500 grams of marijuana and less than 15 grams of cocaine. The man also allegedly had a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun but did not have a FOID card.
Authorities charged the man with a number of offenses, including possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. He also faced additional charges for being in possession of a firearm in a vehicle as a known gang member and possession of a firearm as a felon. He was being held in McHenry County jail on a $75,000 bond. His next court appearance was scheduled for Sept. 13.
Those who are accused of possessing illegal substances with intent to distribute are at risk for facing serious consequences, especially if aggravating factors were involved in the case. In some cases, those who are convicted on these types of drug charges could face years in prison and have the convictions end up on their criminal records, making it difficult to find honest work once they are released. For younger individuals, the convictions could prevent them from seeking financial aid to further their education. A criminal law attorney could analyze the case to look for inconsistencies between the evidence and what the prosecution is alleging. Further, the attorney may also determine if the person's rights were violated at any point.
Source: North West Herald, "Known gang member faces drugs, weapons charges in McHenry County", Jordyn Reiland, Aug. 22, 2017