When you got arrested for marijuana, you probably couldn't believe the situation. After all, a number of states, plus the nation's capital, have legalized marijuana.
A husband and wife were both taken into police custody after a drug raid was conducted at their home in Illinois. Authorities say that the search of the couple's Huntley home led to the discovery of significant quantities of drugs. As a result, the 45-year-old man faces 25 felony charges, and his wife faces 20 felony charges. Four of the man's drug possession charges were Class X felonies.
On Oct. 4, Illinois police officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was carrying two female occupants for multiple traffic violations. The police alleged that, while they were taking the two individuals into custody, one woman attacked one of the officers.
In a speech to the Illinois House-Senate Criminal Justice Reform Committee, the mayor of Chicago urged lawmakers to consider reducing the penalties for low-level drug crimes. According to the mayor, money is being spent to punish non-violent drug offenders and keep them in jail, but these efforts have not reduced drug use. He believes that this money and amount of effort could be better spent on focusing on other types of criminal activity.
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.
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.
A 52-year-old high school basketball coach in East St. Louis faces a drug possession charge and was taken into custody on July 2. Reports indicate that he was taken into custody on possession of less than 15 grams of cocaine, which is a felony. An investigation had been ongoing since the March 31 traffic stop in St. Clair County that led to the charge.
Chicago police are coming down hard on those believed to be in possession of marijuana. The Illinois-based police force has been routinely handing out drug possession charges for those who are caught with the illicit substance, a crime that has formerly been a ticketing offense. However, this is in opposition to a city ordinance that allows these tickets to be issued in lieu of a stronger charge.
Following the execution of a search warrant, two people are under arrest and in custody on suspicion of drug-related crimes. Illinois police arrested the couple on Dec. 6 after a search of their home revealed evidence suggesting the two were guilty of drug possession as well as a number of other drug-related offenses. They were expected to appear in drug court the week following their incarceration.