Illinois authorities recently arrested three Wisconsin men after a law enforcement officer allegedly found cocaine, loaded firearms and masks in their vehicle. The incident occurred in Antioch.
According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, one of its deputies executed a traffic stop on Route 173 near Lotus Avenue. The deputy discovered that the driver of the vehicle, age 24, was operating the car with a revoked driver’s license. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy allegedly uncovered 15 grams of cocaine, 100 pills of alprazolam, three loaded guns, three heavyweight jackets, three monkey masks and a crowbar. The driver and his two passengers, ages 27 and 21, were arrested and transported to Lake County Jail for processing. Investigators believe they were en route to confront a group of people they were feuding with.
The driver has been charged with traffic violations, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and obstructing identification. He is being held on $10,000 bail. The 27-year-old passenger has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and armed violence. He is being held on $100,000 bail. The 21-year-old passenger has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon. He was released on a $1,500 recognizance bond. All three defendants have court dates scheduled in September or October.
Defendants charged with serious drug offenses have the right to hire a criminal defense attorney to represent them in court. An attorney may review the charges and help ensure that the defendant understands his or her legal options. Legal counsel may be able to build a strong defense and work to get the charges reduced or dismissed.
Source: CBS Chicago, “3 Wisconsin Men Arrested; Loaded Guns, Cocaine, Monkey Masks Found In Car,” Sept. 20, 2018