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Man facing drug charges following standoff

On Aug. 28, an Illinois man was taken into police custody following a standoff. The standoff occurred at a home located in the Cabrini Green apartment complex on the Near North Side of Chicago.

Officers responded to a report about a man who had a gun. They arrived to a home located in the 900 block of North Cambridge at about 3 p.m. When the man saw the police arrive, he reportedly ran into another home that was located in the nearby 500 block of West Delaware. A SWAT team arrived at the scene about an hour and a half later. The team members entered the home at about 6:30 p.m. and took two individuals into custody without the use of force.

The 33-year-old was ultimately charged with multiple felonies, including manufacture or delivery of 1-15 grams of cocaine, possession of a stolen firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. He was also facing multiple misdemeanor charges for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and gun-related offenses. His bond was set at $250,000. He was scheduled to return to court on Sept. 21.

A conviction on drug charges can result in serious punishments regardless of whether they are misdemeanors or felonies. The potential consequences could range from a prison sentence to fines to a criminal record that makes it difficult to get back on track, particularly when it comes to finding a job or attempting to return to school. A defense attorney could review the case to determine if the person's rights were violated when he or she was taken into custody. The attorney could also challenge the authorities' version of events, especially if the testimony does not match the evidence or the police report.

Source: CBS Chicago, "Man Faces Felony Charges After Cabrini Green Standoff", Aug. 30, 2017

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