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.
The U.S. Postal Service and the McHenry County Sheriff's Narcotics Task Force cooperated in an investigation that resulted in drug charges for a 22-year-old man from Elgin. Information from an unidentified source alerted them to deliveries of suspicious packages to an address in Cary. This prompted agents to obtain a search warrant and begin to monitor the Cary residence. A statement released by the Sheriff's office described how investigators followed a vehicle from the Cary location to a home on Logan Avenue in Elgin.
Three Illinois residents have been arrested in connection with the distribution of a strain of synthetic marijuana that can cause uncontrollable bleeding in some users. The substance has been linked to hundreds of cases of serious bleeding and three confirmed deaths.
A 27-year-old Illinois man was taken into custody on felony drug charges on April 3 after his vehicle was pulled over for a routine traffic violation. The man's 35-year-old female companion was also taken into custody and has been charged with possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia. A Cook County judge ordered the man to be held without bond and set the woman's bond at $10,000.
Six people who live in the suburbs of Chicago face gun and drug crimes in federal court following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation reportedly began in 2017 and extended over a number of months.
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.