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Illinois man and woman face drug charges

A man and a women were arrested on drug charges in January 2018 in the course of a traffic stop conducted by local police, with the involvement of the East Central Illinois Drug Task Force. The two were taken into custody near the intersection of Fourth Street and Adams Avenue. The police stated that a K-9 drug detecting dog gave an alert about the car, giving them a basis to begin a search of the vehicle after the stop.

Police stated that the man had an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine in his possession. Meanwhile, the woman, is accused of having heroin in her possession as well as hypodermic needles that contain heroin residue. The man was arrested on charges of meth possession, while the woman was accused of heroin possession and possession of drug equipment. Both methamphetamine and heroin are designated as controlled substances.

Police seize several pounds of marijuana from home

On Jan. 19, a 32-year-old Illinois man was arrested for allegedly dealing drugs after police executed a search warrant at his Arlington Heights home. He has been charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.

According to authorities, police found nearly 14 pounds of marijuana in the defendant's residence, including a 13-pound brick and 454 grams divided into prepackaged containers. The defendant also had 8 grams of marijuana in the waistband of his pants. In total, the drugs had an estimated street value of in excess of $125,000.

Man stopped with cocaine, marijuana in car

A 40-year-old Illinois man was taken into custody on Jan. 5 after police pulled him over for driving in a lane reserved for parked cars. The stop occurred in the 3300 block of Harlem in Riverside around 1 p.m.

The man told the officer he did not have a driver's license, and when his identification was checked, it was discovered that he had four prior convictions for DUI and that his license had been revoked. The man was taken into custody and his vehicle was searched. A small black scale, plastic bags with cocaine in them and cannabis among other items were reportedly found. Police then called a canine to the scene and found more cannabis and cocaine along with brownies allegedly containing cannabis.

Police looking to add portable drug testing for drivers

Illinois residents should be aware that some authorities in the state intend to test out new methods to determine if drivers have taken drugs. For example, officers in Carol Stream will begin using mouth swabs to test for a variety of drugs, including cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamine and marijuana.

If the process works, officers will have portable drug testing tools to help take impaired drivers off the road. The test uses a cheek swab to give officers information on the amount of the drug that is present. In order for a motorist to be taken into custody for driving under the influence of drugs, however, there are certain impairment thresholds that they must meet.

Man sentenced to 106 months in jail for drug trafficking

A Chicago man was sentenced to 106 months in prison on Dec. 6 after he was convicted on drug-related charges. The 56-year-old man was taken into custody in December 2016 following an investigation into an alleged drug trafficking operation.

On Sept. 23, 2016, authorities intercepted text messages that allegedly showed the man agreeing to buy $450 worth of drugs. On that day, authorities saw the man go to a person's residence, located in the 4900 block of Melville Avenue, twice. Intercepted phone calls and text messages between the person living at the residence and the man indicated that some sort of drug deal had taken place.

Do you have legal grounds to file an appeal?

Facing criminal charges can cause you to feel confused, anxious and many other emotions. Though you may work to create a criminal defense against the allegations leveled against you, you may still find yourself facing a conviction. This situation can feel even more nerve-wracking as the sentencing you may have to deal with could have considerable impacts on your life.

Even though you may think that you have no other options once a conviction has occurred, you could potentially file an appeal to the guilty verdict. However, you must have plausible reason for following through with an appeal. Therefore, you may wish to consider the four basic legal grounds for filing an appeal.

Federal courts split on application of CFAA in employment cases

The casual sharing of a computer access password between employees in Illinois could set the stage for a possible charge of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The federal government originally intended this law to penalize hackers who accessed protected computer systems. However, numerous cases against employees accused of unauthorized access to company computers have produced mixed results among federal appeals courts.

A case presented before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ended with the court deciding that the CFAA would not apply to an employee accused of downloading information from one employer that was allegedly given to a new employer. The court chose not to label the employee's misconduct as hacking.

Actress Rose McGowan to fight drug charges

Illinois movie fans may be interested to learn that Rose McGowan says she intends to fight a drug possession charge leveled against her in Virginia. The actress turned herself in to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police on Nov. 14, and she was scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 16.

According to authorities, officers discovered cocaine in a wallet McGowan left on a flight that landed at Virginia's Washington Dulles International Airport on Jan. 20. They charged her with possession of a controlled substance and set her free on bond.

Black people may face harsher punishments than whites

In Illinois, black people who are charged with crimes are likelier to be convicted of the charges that carry jail time and to receive harsher punishments than those who are white. While the disparate treatment of suspects by law enforcement officers has long been studied, a new study analyzed the treatment of defendants by prosecutors and the courts, finding that the disparate treatment continues within the court system.

A researcher at the Loyola Law School reviewed data from 30,807 Wisconsin cases in which the defendants were charged with misdemeanors over a period of seven years. He found that black defendants were 74 times less likely than their white peers to have charges that carried the potential of jail time reduced or dropped. Black people who had no prior criminal convictions were also much less likely than whites to have their charges reduced.

Brothers charged with drug possession, distribution

Two Illinois brothers were taken into custody for alleged drug crimes on Oct. 10, according to local authorities. The incident took place in Buffalo Grove.

Buffalo Grove police were reportedly tipped off to alleged drug activity taking place on the 400 block of Gregg Lane by area residents. The allegations included claims of drug handoffs and heavy vehicle traffic. Following an investigation, police executed a search warrant on the property of the two brothers, ages 18 and 22. During the search, officers allegedly discovered 2.2 pounds of cannabis and cannabis wax, approximately 1 gram of cocaine, various prescription pills and drug paraphernalia. A police K-9 named Hogyn assisted officers during the raid.

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