Sometimes, state and federal authorities combine their efforts when it comes to drug crime enforcement. This can be seen in a recent case that involves individuals from Illinois.
Law enforcement agencies at both the state and federal level worked together on a joint investigation, and this investigation led to four individuals being arrested and charged. The four are: a 56-year-old Illinois man, a 52-year-old Illinois woman, a 24-year-old man who used to live in Illinois but who now lives in California and a 32-year-old California woman. The 56-year-old man and the 52-year-old woman are the 24-year-old man’s parents.
Authorities have accused the four of engaging in a criminal scheme. According to authorities, the scheme involved the following:
- Marijuana being sent through the mail to Kane County, Illinois from California by the 24-year-old man and the 32-year-old woman.
- Marijuana being sold and the proceeds being sent to Kane County.
- The 56-year-old man and the 52-year-old woman retrieving the sales proceeds and then sending them to the 24-year-old man.
All four are facing felony charges, with the 56-year-old man, the 52-year-old woman and the 24-year-old man being charged with felony money laundering and the 24-year-old man and the 32-year-old woman being charged with felony marijuana delivery. The 56-year-old man additionally faces misdemeanor drug paraphernalia and drug charges.
As this case illustrates, serious criminal charges sometimes come out of joint investigations conducted by state and federal authorities. Individuals who police, following such an investigation, accuse of drug-related activity may find themselves facing state charges, federal charges or both.
Regardless of the type of charges one is facing, a person accused of involvement in a drug scheme needs to put serious thought and energy into what they should do regarding their defense, as the consequences they could be facing could be quite significant. Such individuals may wish to look to a defense attorney for help and guidance.
Source: Kane County Chronicle, “Four charged in drug-delivery, money-laundering scheme,” June 19, 2014