Earlier this month, Chicago police reportedly found a man in the West Lawn neighborhood who led them to a hefty stash of illegal drugs. The man had apparently been beaten and tied up blocks from his home, where police found 170 pounds of cocaine and 50 pounds of marijuana. According to the 33-year-old, an individual had kidnapped and beat him while he was walking near his home.
A total of 85 pounds of Khat, an indigenous plant native to northern African and the Arabian Peninsula was recently found in the belongings of a Minnesota man at O'Hare Airport over the weekend. The 20-year-old had reportedly been on a British Airways flight to Chicago. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found 24.4 kilograms of the drug in one suitcase, and 15.1 kilograms in another suitcase.
Earlier this month, a federal judge in the state of New York struck down a policy in New York City dealing with a police procedure known as “stop and frisk,” citing the city’s use of the procedure as unconstitutional. Stop and frisk, as some of our readers may know, is a procedure whereby officers briefly detain, question and possibly search those they reasonably suspect of criminal activity. The technique is often used in policing for drug crimes.
Last week, twenty three individuals were charged with federal narcotics offenses for allegedly participating in the distribution of heroin and cocaine in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. The charges were the result of an investigation led by the Chicago Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Many Chicago-area residents know firsthand how seriously local police take any instance of drug-related activity. Whether they catch a person selling drugs, using drugs, or find drugs in their car or home, police will not hesitate to make an arrest. If you find yourself in this situation, it can be tempting to try to make the situation better for yourself by hiding something incriminating. Doing this, however, often leads to even more charges against a person.
Illinois lawmakers, as our Chicago readers have likely heard, recently approved legislation legalizing medical marijuana. Under the legislation, patients may be prescribed a limited amount of marijuana from a state-operated dispensary. The legislation recognizes certain illnesses for which marijuana can be prescribed.
A not guilty plea was entered yesterday by 34-year-old Chicago man accused of attempting to deal synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” in Lake County. The native Somalian man pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to traffic.
According to authorities, the man received several boxes full of bath salts, also known as Cathinone, at the end of March. Officers tipped off about the shipment arrested the man when the package arrived.
There has been a push lately in Chicago and across the country to liberalize drug laws. Proponents of this outlook argue that drug addicts can be much better served by treating drug use as a public health issue instead of as a crime. Furthermore, they argue that shifting resources away from incarcerating drug users will save a significant amount of money for state and local governments already struggling with tight budgets.
On Tuesday, almost 250 physicians gathered at a news conference in Chicago to urge state lawmakers to legalize marijuana use for patients with serious illnesses. As our readers know, the legal status of marijuana is somewhat precarious, with more and more states approving use of the drug medical purposes, and two states having legalized its recreational use.
Chicago Bears offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb was reportedly arrested on Sunday evening in Pulaski County, Illinois during a traffic stop and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Police said they cannabis and paraphernalia was found in Webb's possession. A deputy had apparently stopped the 24-year-old for speeding on Interstate 57.