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.
On July 13, federal prosecutors in Illinois announced that six men are facing federal drug charges for allegedly operating a cocaine and heroin trafficking ring in Rockford. Two of the defendants were previously acquitted in the shooting death of a child.
With the opioid addiction crisis claiming more lives in Illinois than ever before, law enforcement and prosecutors have started targeting bystanders of overdose deaths with criminal charges. Addicts often share drugs or supply each other with small amounts. When deadly overdoses occur, prosecutors are increasingly charging associates of the victim with delivering drugs that cause death. In another state, prosecutions of this nature went from 15 cases in 2013 to 205 cases in 2017.
A 45-year-old Illinois man is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, driving under revocation and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The charges are related to an incident that occurred on June 19.
Illinois residents may know Artie Lange from his time on the "Howard Stern Show". In May 2017, he was taken into custody on charges of heroin and cocaine possession. In December 2017, he entered a guilty plea on a third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance charge. The cocaine possession charge was dropped as a condition of the plea.
On May 16, Illinois authorities arrested three people for allegedly participating in a drug deal. The incident took place in Aurora at approximately 5:15 p.m.