Illinois man accused of drug dealing after search of home

The U.S. Postal Service and the McHenry County Sheriff's Narcotics Task Force cooperated in an investigation that resulted in drug charges for a 22-year-old man from Elgin. Information from an unidentified source alerted them to deliveries of suspicious packages to an address in Cary. This prompted agents to obtain a search warrant and begin to monitor the Cary residence. A statement released by the Sheriff's office described how investigators followed a vehicle from the Cary location to a home on Logan Avenue in Elgin.

According to law enforcement, their search of the Elgin location revealed 14 pounds of marijuana, 21 pounds of cannabis edibles, 1 pound of cannabis wax and 11 grams of cocaine. Officers claimed to have found digital scales and packaging materials in addition to approximately $7,000 in cash. Investigators valued the seized drugs at $65,000.

After taking the man into custody, authorities charged him with two Class 1 felonies for delivering controlled substances and marijuana possession with an intent to deliver. He also received a Class 2 felony charge for marijuana possession and a Class 4 felony charge for possessing a controlled substance.

Prosecutors typically apply as many charges as possible after someone is arrested. The representation of an attorney may help a person understand the potential penalties of a conviction and develop a defense strategy. An attorney may examine the circumstances of the search and seizure to check if the action violated the person's rights. Challenges to weak evidence might convince a prosecutor to reduce or drop some charges. Efforts like these by an attorney may help insulate a person from a harsh sentence and potentially produce a plea deal for misdemeanors instead of felonies.

Source: Crystal Lake Patch, "Drug Raid Turns Up Marijuana, Marijuana Edibles, Cocaine, Cash", Amie Rowland, May 2, 2018

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