For some Illinois residents, understanding what a federal possession with intent to distribute charge can entail can be difficult. There are three parts, and they include possession, intention and distribution.
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.
Illinois residents who face charges related to Schedule 1 drugs may be facing more serious penalties than people whose charges involve drugs that belong to other schedules. Prior to the creation of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, there were more than 200 separate drug laws. The CSA made it easier for states to create their own statutes since they could cite schedules instead of having to list drugs. The Drug Enforcement Agency is responsible for adding or removing drugs from the schedules or moving a drug from one schedule to another.
On July 14, it was reported that four Illinois residents were taken into custody after authorities received a tip about a suspicious odor coming from an apartment complex in Pana. The apartment complex was located in the 300 block of US Highway 52.
In the state of Illinois, a person cannot be taken into police custody without some sort of evidence or reasonable suspicion that he or she was involved in a crime. In fact, people are legally allowed to walk away from a police officer unless they have been formally detained. If the officer prevents a person from leaving, that person has only been legally taken into custody if the officer had probable cause.
Illinois State Police pulled over a vehicle with two women, ages 47 and 19, on Interstate 70 by Collinsville because of driving with an obstructed view. As the owner of the 2013 Volkswagen CC, the 47-year-old woman consented to a police search of the car. A state trooper reported finding a hidden compartment where six duct-taped packages allegedly holding heroin were stowed. The packages weighed four kilograms. Police estimate the value of the seized substance at approximately $500,000.
Media outlets have reported that Chicago rapper Keith Cozart, who is better known by his stage name Chief Keef, was taken into custody on drug possession charges on June 12. Reports indicate that Cozart was apprehended at about 8:30 a.m. at Sioux Falls Regional Airport in South Dakota after Transportation Security Administration agents discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his carry-on luggage. The hip-hop star was transported to the Minnehaha County Jail after being booked, but he was subsequently released after posting a $2,000 bond.
A joint federal and state investigation has led to the arrest of almost 50 members of a street gang in Illinois. They are alleged to have been involved in an extended criminal enterprise involving drugs and weapons.
Two people were arrested after a traffic stop on April 2, 2017, in Bolingbrook, Illinois, on drug and weapon charges. According to a Bolingbrook Police lieutenant, at 8 p.m., a black Ford pickup truck was pulled over for a vehicle registration violation near I-55 and Route 53. During the traffic stop, the officers discovered that there was an active arrest warrant on the passenger, a 45-year-old man from Missouri.
On April 1, law enforcement authorities in Illinois stated that a large amount of marijuana and crack cocaine was recovered during a drug raid. The raid was carried out by a unit of the Evanston Police Department at an apartment located on the 2600 block of Central Street.