A Chicago man was sentenced to 106 months in prison on Dec. 6 after he was convicted on drug-related charges. The 56-year-old man was taken into custody in December 2016 following an investigation into an alleged drug trafficking operation.
On Sept. 23, 2016, authorities intercepted text messages that allegedly showed the man agreeing to buy $450 worth of drugs. On that day, authorities saw the man go to a person’s residence, located in the 4900 block of Melville Avenue, twice. Intercepted phone calls and text messages between the person living at the residence and the man indicated that some sort of drug deal had taken place.
Authorities said that the man would regularly purchase drugs from his supplier using a code language. He would then deliver the drugs to his customers. After being taken into custody, the man was charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
When a person is facing drug trafficking charges, the consequences can be particularly severe. In some cases, an accused offender could face months or years in prison, probation and fines or court costs. Furthermore, the convictions can show up on the person’s criminal record, making it more difficult for him or her to move on and live a normal life. A criminal law attorney could investigate the case against an accused person and possibly challenge the evidence. If the authorities did not follow proper procedures, the attorney may try to have the charges dropped.