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