Drug charges recently came out of a police investigation that was conducted in Elgin and Addison.
Both local and federal authorities were part of this investigation. The investigation started when a tip was submitted to federal authorities. Among the methods used during the investigation was the conducting of surveillance on a residence in Elgin.
According to authorities, as this investigation was being conducted, a drug transaction occurred in Addison and police witnessed this transaction. Authorities allege that three men from Elgin and a man from Addison were involved in the transaction. The three Elgin men are all related to each other, as one is the father of the two others.
Following the alleged drug transaction, police performed a traffic stop on the Addison man. Authorities claim that the man's vehicle contained seven kilograms of heroin.
Charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance have been brought against the Addison man and the three Elgin men.
There are numerous methods police turn to in drug investigations. An important thing to balance in our society is the desire of police to have strong and aggressive investigative tactics readily available to them and the privacy rights of individuals. No American would want to live in a world in which police could monitor them at all times and could pry into any aspect of their life at any time without giving a reason.
In order to maintain an adequate balance when it comes to the two above-mentioned competing concerns, there are rules in place for police to follow when it comes to criminal investigations, like drug trafficking investigations. Violations of these rules can have evidentiary consequences, such as creating grounds for the dismissal of evidence found during an investigation. Thus, in drug cases, the details of any investigations police conducted in relation to the case are among the things a defendant may want to have an experienced defense attorney review.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Four charged with heroin trafficking, DuPage prosecutors say," Clifford Ward, Aug. 1, 2014