Drugs like marijuana, heroin and prescription medications have the potential to cause serious harm to teenagers in Illinois and elsewhere who use them. When a negative event occurs, like an overdose or arrest, teenagers increasingly face the possibility of being prosecuted as drug traffickers. Supplying drugs opens the door to serious drug charges even when people do not charge any money for the drugs.
A 37-year-old man who already had a long history within the Illinois Department of Corrections was arrested on Dec. 27 after police in Dixon searched his home. He had been out on parole since February 2016, but a news release from the Dixon police stated that law enforcement officers found a semi-automatic handgun and 100 grams of cocaine in his Dixon apartment. The court set his bond at $75,000, and he awaits a hearing.
Illinois fans of rapper Ty Dolla $ign may have heard that he could be sentenced to 15 years in prison. On Dec. 10, he was indicted by a grand jury on charges of misdemeanor possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, felony possession of THC and felony possession of cocaine.
A 29-year-old Illinois woman was taken into custody on Nov. 23 for allegedly possessing drugs and carrying an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. The incident occurred during a roadside safety checkpoint in Joliet on the 400 block of West Jefferson Street.
On Nov. 2, two Illinois men were arrested on drug and weapons offenses following a police search. One of the men attempted to eat his drug stash when approached by police.
Media outlets in Illinois have reported that four men who are alleged to have been involved in a major McLean County drug distribution ring have been taken into custody. The men, who are 23, 30, 38 and 52 years of age, will likely face federal narcotics charges according to a Bloomington Police Department representative. Reports indicate that the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.
Medical marijuana has become legal in many states across the U.S., including Illinois. Despite the legalization of the drug for recreational use as well in some states, marijuana-related arrests continue to rise.
A 39-year-old woman has obtained release from the Will County Adult Detention Facility by providing 10 percent of her $15,000 bond. The report from the Joliet Police Department stated that she was arrested for possession of crack cocaine and a glass pipe.
On August 27, a U.S. district court judge sentenced a 33-year-old Illinois woman to 13 years in federal prison for possession and distribution of methamphetamine. The defendant, a Harrisburg resident, was additionally assessed a $400 fine and sentenced to eight years of supervised release.
Researchers and policymakers are paying increased attention to the effects that drug possession penalties may have on exacerbating racial and ethnic inequality in Illinois and across the country. According to a study, reforming the criminal penalties for drug possession convictions could help reduce inequality in the criminal justice system. However, the positive effects may be felt outside the justice system as drug law reform could also help to reduce inequality in the health sector.