On Jan. 10, Illinois authorities arrested two people for allegedly dealing marijuana out of their Champaign home. The arrests were the culmination of a months-long investigation.
According to media reports, officers from the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence on the 1800 block of Parkdale Drive at around 6 a.m.. They were assisted by officers from the Champaign Police Department SWAT Team. During the search, officers allegedly found a large quantity of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags and nearly $40,000 in cash. The estimated street value of the marijuana was $55,000. Officers also seized two pistols and two rifles.
A 23-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were taken into custody as a result of the raid. They are both expected to be charged with Class X felony possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. The defendants were charged with a Class X felony because they allegedly possessed more than 16 pounds of marijuana. The male defendant is expected to be additionally charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon due to his prior conviction in another part of the state.
Individuals convicted on felony drug charges could face harsh consequences, including decades in prison, steep fines and the forfeiture of personal property. However, each defendant is innocent until proven guilty and has the right to retain the services of a criminal defense attorney to fight the allegations. People who are in this type of situation might find it advisable to do so at the earliest possible opportunity in order to allow the attorney time to develop a strategy to counter the allegations.
Source: Champaign Patch, “2 Arrested After 16 lbs. Cannabis, $40K Found At Champaign Home“, Rebecca Bream, Jan. 11, 2019