Prosecutors have filed revised charges against a 24-year-old man taken into custody on March 15 after forensic specialists from the Illinois State Police were unable to identify the substance found in his car during a routine traffic stop. A field testing kit used by Altamont Police Department officers at the scene identified the substance as cocaine. Media reports indicate that the substance has now been sent to another crime laboratory for further testing.
Members of the Illinois State Police North Central Narcotics Task Force supported by officers from the Wheeling and Arlington Heights police departments reportedly discovered more than half a ton of marijuana during the search of a Chicago residence on March 5. Prosecutors from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office say that dealers could have raised more than $1 million by selling the seized drugs on the street.
On Feb. 19, a 22-year-old Illinois man was arrested for alleged drug possession during a traffic stop in Lake County. The defendant is reportedly a documented member of an area street gang.
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.
A 24-year-old Illinois man was taken into custody on the night of Dec. 21 after police allegedly discovered cocaine, marijuana and Oxycodone pills in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop. The Chicago resident was transported to the Jo Daviess County Jail where he was booked on charges including the unlawful delivery of narcotics and obstructing identification. The second charge was added because the man is accused of giving deputies a false name to avoid being linked with several open warrants. He was also cited for speeding and driving without a valid driver's license.
The Illinois State Police say that illegal drugs worth about $2 million were seized during a Dec. 17 traffic stop in Chicago. The vehicle stop was conducted as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation according to the ISP. A 33-year-old Brighton Park man was taken into custody at the scene in connection with the seized drugs. He is facing Class X felony drug charges and his bond has been set at $2.5 million.
Two men in Illinois have been detained on charges related to drug possession. The men were detained as a result of a surveillance operation set up by police after a neighborhood watch group in Kincaid alerted police to alleged suspicious activity. The Kincaid Police Department set up surveillance at the location when they observed a vehicle that was driving erratically. The police say they attempted to pull over the driver in a routine traffic stop when the driver of the vehicle sped off.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois has reported that a 32-year-old man who was extradited from Mexico in early November has been charged by a federal grand jury with conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine and cocaine. The Mexican national could be sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to pay a $10 million fine if he is convicted on all counts. He is being held without bond and his trial is scheduled to begin in January 2019, according to media reports.
Two men face prison terms of up to 60 years after 19 pounds of methamphetamine was allegedly discovered in the Ford SUV they were traveling in. The drugs were found during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 80 in the Illinois Valley on the morning of Oct. 25. Due to the size of the drug haul, which is thought to be the area's largest methamphetamine seizure ever, the men have been charged with Class X felony counts and face longer prison terms and cannot be sentenced to probation.
Police in Illinois charged a 27-year-old man with felony counts of dealing drugs within 500 feet of a school and 500 feet of a church on after searching his Alton residence on the morning of Oct. 4. Officers from the Alton Police Department and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System were involved in the search and arrest.