As former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza recently discovered, success as a professional athlete offers little protection from prosecution. As a retired athlete with over $40 million in earnings over a long baseball career, his arrest for suspected involvement in drug trafficking came as a surprise to many who knew him. The pitcher pleaded not guilty, and his bail was set at $250,000 after prosecutors argued that he posed a high flight risk.
Police took two women into custody on Jan. 22 after observing what they believed to be a drug transaction being carried out on a Hometown street. A 30-year-old Chicago resident has been charged with drug possession and delivery in connection with the incident, and a 37-year-old Hometown woman is facing a count of drug possession. Both women are scheduled to appear in a Bridgeview court on Feb. 28.
On Dec. 14, judges and other professionals met in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to determine if there was racial bias in fake drug stash-house stings that were conducted by federal agents. The stings date back to the 1990s and could have an impact on the futures of more than 40 people who were convicted as a result.
Actress Rose McGowan has entered a plea of not guilty to allegations of drug possession. The allegation stems from bags of powder that were found in her wallet left on a plane. In Illinois, the possession, sale or trafficking of cocaine is a felony.
While there have been indications that the current administration and the Department of Justice will step up enforcement of the nation's drug laws, a report from the FBI demonstrates that drug arrests rose during 2016. There is evidence that criminalizing drugs simply doesn't work, but law enforcement agencies and governments in Illinois and across the country continue to focus on drug crimes.
On Aug. 21, a 23-year-old Illinois man was taken into custody after authorities found marijuana and a loaded handgun in the man's vehicle. Authorities also identified the man as a member of a known gang.
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.
Vans advertising for the company called Weed World Candies are not very subtle, but they sell lollipops across the country that are not actually supposed to contain weed. Two people were detained in Illinois after the authorities found almost $98,000 worth of marijuana in a Weed World van.
On June 15, Illinois authorities raided a home in Alton following a six-month period of continuous complaints from neighbors. Authorities said that multiple people were detained during the raid but only three were taken into custody. Additionally, five children were removed from the residence and were handed over to family members.
According to the Illinois State Police, two Tennessee men were taken into custody on May 17 after authorities found several pounds of marijuana in their vehicle. The incident occurred after an off duty officer spotted a Dodge Charger sitting in the middle of County Road 300 E in Seymour while one of the men was urinating in a nearby field.