On May 23, Illinois authorities took two men and a woman into custody after Aurora police suspected that a drug transaction was in process. The two men were identified as 21-year-old Aurora residents while the woman was identified as a 21-year-old Geneva resident. A second woman, age 19, was not charged.
Agents from the West Central Illinois Task Force have reported the arrest of two out-of-state people on drug charges after monitoring the 900 block of Jefferson in Quincy. They initiated a traffic stop of a 2007 Dodge Nitro driven by a 39-year-old woman for an unspecified traffic violation. Her male passenger, 37, ran away from the vehicle. Police pursued him on foot and captured him.
The spread of drug addiction in the past few decades have resulted in an increased number of drug enforcement actions in Illinois and across the U.S. Earlier this year, the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force conducted an investigation that led to the arrests of four people.
A 19-year-old man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was seen snorting cocaine in the restroom of a pizza shop in Palos Hills, Illinois. He was also seen smoking marijuana in the beer garden at the same location with another individual. The man and the other individual were both escorted off the premises.
As in other regions of the country and places around the world, Illinois criminalizes the possession of designated controlled substances, often referred to as illegal drugs. The penalties for drug possession can vary significantly depending on the specific drug a person has as well as the amount that they possess and their previous record for drug charges. The charges could range from misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana to felony charges for possession of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine.
On Feb. 23, an Illinois judge sentenced a 45-year-old man to 35 years in prison after he was convicted of drug trafficking and illegal firearms charges. He must also complete eight years of supervised release once he's out of prison.
A man and a women were arrested on drug charges in January 2018 in the course of a traffic stop conducted by local police, with the involvement of the East Central Illinois Drug Task Force. The two were taken into custody near the intersection of Fourth Street and Adams Avenue. The police stated that a K-9 drug detecting dog gave an alert about the car, giving them a basis to begin a search of the vehicle after the stop.
On Jan. 19, a 32-year-old Illinois man was arrested for allegedly dealing drugs after police executed a search warrant at his Arlington Heights home. He has been charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.
A 40-year-old Illinois man was taken into custody on Jan. 5 after police pulled him over for driving in a lane reserved for parked cars. The stop occurred in the 3300 block of Harlem in Riverside around 1 p.m.
Illinois residents should be aware that some authorities in the state intend to test out new methods to determine if drivers have taken drugs. For example, officers in Carol Stream will begin using mouth swabs to test for a variety of drugs, including cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamine and marijuana.