The Fourth Amendment generally protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. Law enforcement officers may, however, lawfully search your vehicle after a traffic stop without a warrant depending on the reason for your detention. Law enforcement officers can also lawfully search your vehicle with a warrant provided that you permit them to do so.
If you have even a passing understanding of how the American criminal justice system works, you've heard of a Miranda warning. The statement that begins, "You have the right to remain silent..." is heard on countless television shows and considered an important protection for criminal defendants.
On Feb. 28, Illinois authorities arrested eight men and a juvenile male on multiple drug and weapons charges. The defendants are all alleged members of the La Raza street gang in DuPage County.
Police in Dixon have placed a 67-year-old man in Lee County Jail on accusations of selling cocaine in the area. A news release from the Dixon Police Department named him as a suspect in a drug investigation. Investigators reported finding 30 grams of cocaine during a search of the man's home located in the 200 block of Willett Avenue.
A 31-year-old Illinois man has been charged with drug possession, attempted drug possession and manufacturing, trafficking and delivering a controlled substance after ecstasy worth about $80,000 was allegedly discovered in packages mailed to him. He is being held at the Kane County Jail, and his bail has been set at $80,000 according to media reports. The man was taken into custody following a two-week investigation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, the Geneva Police Department, the Kane County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Postal Service.
A man is facing drug charges after he was arrested by the Joliet Police Department. The 27-year-old man was arrested on Aug. 14, and he was charged with eight criminal offenses mostly related to drugs. The police accuse the man of dealing cocaine. He is charged with one Class X felony charge, accusing him of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Specifically, police claim that the man was found on Aug. 12 with an amount of cocaine between 15 and 100 grams.
A man who distributed fentanyl in Illinois and throughout the country pleaded guilty on July 16 to all charges against him. The 34-year-old man was known as "The Drug Llama" online, where he sold the drugs on the dark web's "Dream Market," a place people went to get illegal substances.
Starting in 2020, marijuana for recreational use for adults who are at least 21 will be legal in Illinois. The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act was signed by the governor on June 25. Illinois is now the eleventh state to make recreational marijuana legal. There are also medical marijuana laws in 33 states.
Five people have been accused of drug charges in Illinois after a police investigation of one bar in Rockford. According to local police, they received multiple complaints about drug distribution activity taking place on Rockford's North Madison Street, including at one local pub, Buster's Bar and Grill. A 38-year-old woman who works at the bar and lives on the block was investigated by police in the month before the arrests. They say that she was identified as playing a role in the alleged drug dealing activity, and at least one of the drug sales took place at the bar.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker made the legalization of marijuana for recreational use a key part of his 2018 gubernatorial campaign, and he has made good on this election promise by supporting a bill that would allow adults over the age of 21 in the state to grow up to five plants in their homes or purchase the drug from licensed dispensaries. The measure was submitted to the Illinois General Assembly on May 7. The governor says that he hopes to be able to sign the bill into law by January 2020.