When a Galesburg police officer was helping with a traffic stop in a McDonald's parking lot, he smelled marijuana coming from a vehicle in the drive-thru. According to his police report, he chose to follow the vehicle, which left the parking lot at a high rate of speed. After the driver failed to signal a lane change, the officer pulled over the car.
A search of two locations by the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group in Georgetown, Illinois, uncovered an allegedly major heroin supply ring. After months of investigation, a tip from an anonymous source informed law enforcement of an impending heroin delivery from Chicago. Search warrants were then authorized for the two properties.
Two Western Illinois University students were accused of accepting a delivery of marijuana to their Macomb residence through the U.S. mail. The two 21-year-old men were taken into custody in early September after officers executed a search of their residence. One of the men received a charge for manufacturing and delivering between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana. The other man was handed an additional charge for manufacture, delivery and possession of a controlled substance.
A 19-year-old man has been charged with DUI and drug possession, according to police sources. Illinois officers arrested the man, who now faces a drug charge and a DUI charge for allegedly being under the influence of the street drug Ecstasy while behind the wheel. So far, no trial date has been announced, and it is unclear whether the man has secured representation.
Two women are facing serious charges following their arrest on Aug. 26, according to local sources. Illinois authorities apprehended the women, aged 53 and 26, each of whom now face a drug charge related to an alleged meth cooking operation. They were charged formally on Aug. 27 and were due in court as of Aug. 29.
The U.S. Attorney for the District of Southern Illinois indicted a Carbondale man for two drug crimes involving crack cocaine. On Aug. 15, the 48-year-old man pleaded guilty to a charge for distribution of crack cocaine as well as a second drug charge for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Activities that led to the two charges allegedly took place in Jackson and Williamson Counties beginning in 2012 and ending in April 2013.
Three people have been charged in connection with an alleged theft of prescription medication from a police station, according to local news. The third individual charged by Illinois police has turned herself in and now faces drug crime charges and other charges associated with the alleged theft. She is currently free on a $350 cash bond.
A 26-year-old was recently arrested and accused of manufacturing an illegal substance. The Illinois man supposedly made meth in a residence in Pekin County. The two owners of the residence were also arrested, and all three persons have been accused of drug crime.
A four-month-long investigation into an alleged drug ring has led to several arrests, according to local police sources. Seven people have been arrested and charged with drug crime-related charges by Illinois police during this crackdown operation in a Naperville apartment complex. All seven individuals were arrested on July 17 and appeared in bond court the following day.
A drug paraphernalia charge against a 22-year-old University of Illinois student has been dismissed. According to the assistant state's attorney, the drug charge was dismissed due to insufficient evidence linking the defendant to a cannabis pipe. Earlier this month, the man's 22-year-old co-defendant pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. The man was sentenced to one year of court supervision, meaning the drug conviction will be cleared from his record if he has no further legal problems within that year.