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June 2013 Archives

Federal drug trafficking charges brought against 23 persons

The Chicago Police Department and the DEA spearheaded an 18-count, 262-page federal criminal complaint filed in a U.S. District Court in Chicago. The sweep was a combined effort of numerous Illinois and federal agencies. There were 23 people targeted for arrest, and 21 were found as of the last report. They were hit with drug trafficking charges relating to distributing large amounts of heroin and cocaine in Illinois and two nearby states.

Illinois man jailed after attempted dine-and-dash at steakhouse

An Illinois man was arrested for theft after he sat down at a Mattoon steakhouse and ordered a large meal that he could not pay for. He apparently ordered and ate appetizers, a steak, a lobster tail, and one drink to run up a tab of $70 before telling the server that he had no money to pay for the meal. He was arrested after she called the police and was eventually charged with theft.

Report finds racial disparity in rate of Illinois drug arrests

A new report out from the American Civil Liberties Union found that Illinois is among the top states in the country for marijuana arrests. Not only do law enforcement officers in Illinois arrest more people for marijuana than elsewhere, but the report also finds that a majority of the arrests are of African-Americans even though marijuana use is equal across racial groups.

Court allows DNA samples in serious crime arrests

The United States Supreme Court issued an opinion recently that upholds a state law allowing police to gather DNA samples from all who are arrested for a serious crime. The controversial opinion is the court's first ruling on privacy rights to genetic information.

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