When Illinois police make a traffic stop, it is not uncommon for the situation to escalate to something more than a speeding ticket or a warning about a malfunctioning brake light. Law enforcement officers often take full advantage of the moments when they are standing outside a vehicle to obtain as much information as possible about the people inside. Sometimes that information becomes probable cause for arrest for drug crimes.
One of the most common elements of a drug arrest is the search. Whether police conduct a search of one's home, vehicle or body, there is always the chance that the search is unwarranted or improperly conducted. This is a critical mistake because it can mean that evidence collected as a result of the illegal search is inadmissible in court. One Illinois man is likely concerned about the recent search of his home that left him charged with serious drug crimes.
Illinois law enforcement agencies, like most others across the country, are fighting an uphill battle against drugs in their communities. Unfortunately, authorities may overlook the fact that many involved in drug crimes need treatment for their addiction instead of incarceration for their offenses. One particularly disturbing criminal charge dating back to the 1980s holds responsible anyone who gives drugs to someone who then suffers a fatal overdose.
An Illinois man is facing criminal charges after he crashed his vehicle and allegedly hid illegal substances while waiting for police to arrive. He is currently accused of committing drug crimes among other charges, including armed violence and possessing a stolen firearm. Police say that eyewitness reports helped them uncover the hidden items that led to these charges.