A 31-year old man and a 23-year old man from Illinois have been charged with possessing an estimated $11,400 worth of ecstasy. The drugs were allegedly found during a routine traffic stop by a McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy.
After the police pulled the vehicle over, they reportedly found 114 grams of MDMA, also known as ecstasy. The men were detained and taken to the McHenry County Jail. The 31-year-old man was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. He also received a second charge of possession of a controlled substance for allegedly having 0.6 grams of cocaine. He has a prior conviction of consumption of alcohol by a minor in 2008.
The 23-year-old man was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance. Serious drug offenses of this nature are considered Class X felonies and carry a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
In Illinois, consequences for serious drug offenses are particularly tough. Being charged with drug possession may result in prison time, loss of driving privileges and a permanent record, which may make it difficult to obtain employment in the future. It’s important that police follow the proper procedures when searching for drugs in order for the evidence to be admissible in court. A lawyer may be able to look over the details of the case to see if any of the suspect’s rights were violated. In this case, if the police did not have sufficient reason to pull the vehicle over, the search and seizure of the drugs in the vehicle might have been illegal. If the evidence is inadmissible, the court may be forced to reduce or dismiss the charges.