While many people think of drug charges as being related to possession or dealing, there is much more to the equation than that. In some cases, those who deal drugs can be charged with a more serious crime. In 2003, Illinois adopted a drug-induced homicide law. Last year, 13 people in the state were convicted of this crime.
The people in this country have many rights to protect them from the government. In many cases, an accused person's rights were violated. Many people without experience with the law would most likely be unsure how to address such a violation. Three men in Illinois will likely want to ensure their rights were not violated after a raid that resulted in drug possession and other charges in Illinois.
As in all things, hearing the other side of a story can truly put certain events into perspective. For example, a man walking slowly down a dark street staring at each house may seem suspicious to some, but he could easily be looking for the street number for a house he has never visited before. Whether or not something is suspicious is relative. In Chicago, police searched and arrested a man on charges of drug possession after allegedly observing what they described as suspicious behavior.
Some people might argue that it is simply in some people’s nature to assume the worst about another person. These assumptions seem to increase when a person is acting contrary to normal expectations, even if those actions are not necessarily illegal. For example, police in Illinois have recently arrested a woman on a prostitution and drug charge after witnessing a man make a phone call.
There are many tightly knit families across the nation. These families live near each other and share their lives together on a regular basis. However, both federal and state authorities claim that one Chicago family also shared a drug business together. Recent allegations claim that a total of 27 people, several of them family members, were involved in illegal drug sales and/or distribution, resulting in at least one drug charge.
Thousands of people are pulled over for traffic violations each and every day. While most of the stops are fairly routine, resulting in a citation that many people choose to simply pay by mailing in their fine, some can lead to much more serious charges against the driver or others in the vehicle. One man now faces a drug charge after a recent traffic stop in Chicago.
When an individual is faced with some life choices, he or she may not always choose the path that has the best outcomes. The decision, such as making money through questionable means, may seem like a good one at the time, but the decision maker may realize it was a mistake if authorities are alerted to their activities. Some choices could lead to a felony drug charge, and individuals may wish to explore their legal options.
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.
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.
A former player for the Chicago Bears announced through his attorney that he is planning to enter a guilty plea for the drug charges that were brought against him in connection to a 2011 investigation. Sam Hurd has not entered the plea yet, so he is still scheduled to stand trial next week.