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May 2013 Archives

Circuit judge charged in drug scandal

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook recently became embroiled in a scandal when he was arrested and charged with federal drug-related charges in connection to a drug case against Sean D. McGilvery, an accused drug dealer arrested last week for his supposed involvement in a drug scandal in St. Clair County. McGilvery has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession and distribution of heroin.

Police credit recovery firearms to increased enforcement efforts

According to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy, over 2,660 illegal firearms have been recovered so far in 2013 because of police efforts to protect public safety. The number of guns recovered is apparently not keeping up with the overall improvement in crime, which is significantly down this year.

Chicago man charged after police found contraband during vehicle search

Police in Evanston arrested a 21-year-old Chicago man last month after finding incriminating evidence during a routine traffic stop. Patrol officers reportedly stopped the car for a minor traffic violation, at which time they saw a passenger toss out a bag they later found to contain roughly 6 grams of cocaine.

Drug trafficking problems on both southern, northern borders

Illegal drug trafficking has it markets, like any other business. Federal officials charged with enforcing drug laws have a lot of work on their hands in dealing with the illegal business of drug trafficking, particularly when it comes to drug trafficking across borders.

Chicago man pleads not guilty to charges involving synthetic drugs

A not guilty plea was entered yesterday by 34-year-old Chicago man accused of attempting to deal synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” in Lake County. The native Somalian man pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to traffic.

According to authorities, the man received several boxes full of bath salts, also known as Cathinone, at the end of March. Officers tipped off about the shipment arrested the man when the package arrived. 

Should Illinois move toward full drug decriminalization?

There has been a push lately in Chicago and across the country to liberalize drug laws. Proponents of this outlook argue that drug addicts can be much better served by treating drug use as a public health issue instead of as a crime. Furthermore, they argue that shifting resources away from incarcerating drug users will save a significant amount of money for state and local governments already struggling with tight budgets.

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