Multiple tips lead Alton police to suspected drug house

The Alton Police Department obtained a search warrant for a home at 1130 Riley Ave. after receiving multiple tips from community members about illegal drug activity. With assistance from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, local officers from the narcotics investigation team entered the property. They arrested a 27-year-old man.

He now faces charges for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, including two extra charges for allegedly delivering drugs within 500 feet of a church. A judge set his bond at $250,000. Investigators said that they might file more charges against him as they examine evidence seized from the Alton Avenue home.

Authorities continue to investigate the alleged drug activity in the area. Law enforcement has asked for the community to provide additional tips to aid investigators. The police department's website has a specific form for reporting suspected drug houses.

A person who is jailed after the execution of a search warrant might want advice from a criminal defense attorney. Legal support might help someone understand his or her options within the criminal justice system and avoid pleading guilty to inflated charges. An attorney might look at the evidence to determine if it actually supports the drug charges filed against an individual.

During a bail hearing, a lawyer might strive to convince a judge to keep the bond amount low or even release a person without a bond. To prepare for a trial date, an attorney might suggest a defense strategy. If the evidence appears unclear or potentially untrustworthy, then a lawyer might reach out to a prosecutor and ask for a case dismissal or reduction of charges. An attorney might continue to challenge evidence at trial or negotiate a plea deal. A deal might swap jail time for the person's participation in a drug diversion program.

Source: RiverBender.com, "Alton Man Faces Multiple Drug Charges After Search Warrant Executed Thursday," Dan Brannan, Oct. 18, 2019

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