A man from Dupo is facing serious felony charges after being accused of importing illegal drugs. Illinois authorities arrested and charged the man on March 29 with drug crimes, including possession, trafficking and manufacturing. He is currently in police custody against a bail of $400,000. The case is still under active investigation, and no trial date has been set.
According to the information provided by police in St. Clair County, the 24-year-old man is believed to have been mailed MDMA, the proper name for the street drug ecstasy, from Belgium. They believe the package arrived on March 27, though the report did not include the amount of the alleged drugs in the package. It is also unclear how the arrest was conducted.
The man now faces charges of controlled substance trafficking, one count of possession of ecstasy, and one count of manufacturing ecstasy. The man was also accused of intending to deliver between 100 and 400 grams of the drug. At this time, police are refusing to comment further as the investigation is ongoing, but it has been confirmed that Illinois State Police are working in tandem with the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois as part of this investigation.
If the man is found guilty of these drug crimes, he could face serious jail time. However, he will first have the opportunity to face the charges in an Illinois court, while represented by a criminal defense attorney. The burden of proof lies with the state to confirm beyond reasonable doubt the man's alleged illegal activities, while his defense will work to ensure his rights are respected throughout the trial process to ensure fair proceedings.