Cocaine and Heroin: Destroying Two Generations of Three Families
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Cocaine and Heroin: Destroying Two Generations of Three Families

Recently in Chicago, three pairs of fathers and sons were busted for trafficking cocaine and heroin throughout the area, primarily around the Northwest Side of Chicago.
 
Their arrests were part of a massive drug bust by the Chicago Strike Force called “Operation Chicago Storm.” The Strike Force reported seizing 100 kilograms of cocaine, 9 kilograms of heroin, 14 firearms, and $600,000 – most likely related to the selling of narcotics. Including the three pairs of fathers and sons, 15 arrests were made in total.
 
While this has to be seen as a win for drug enforcement and keeping dangerous substances off of our streets, for the families of the arrestees it will likely be devastating – especially for the families of the three pairs of fathers and sons.…

Illinois Drug Manufacturing Laws and Penalties
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Illinois Drug Manufacturing Laws and Penalties

On television’s Breaking Bad, Walter White glorified the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Nancy Botwin made growing and selling marijuana seem like a practical career choice on Weeds. And shows like HBO’s The Wire and Netflix’s Narcos give viewers an in-depth and almost sympathetic look into the lives of drug manufacturers, dealers, and kingpins.
 
We are surrounded by drugs in television, film, popular culture, and even the news. Just this past week, William McCaleb, a 33-year-old man from Lombard on the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted List, was arrested on felony warrants for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, manufacture/delivery of cannabis, and traffic offenses.
 
Despite the prevalence of drugs here in Illinois and throughout the United States, they are still illegal – except for a few exceptions – and they still carry harsh penalties.…

New Legislation Aims to Ban Bath Salt Ingredients
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New Legislation Aims to Ban Bath Salt Ingredients

Heroin. Cocaine. LSD. Methamphetamine. PCP. These are all illegal drugs in Illinois and throughout the United States. But when something is illegal, there tend to be people who try to find a way around the law.
 
So synthetic drugs were invented. Synthetic drugs are chemically laced substances similar to marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine that have been sold over the counter at gas stations, convenience stores, and smoke shops.
 
These drugs generally fall into two categories:
 

Cannabinoids contain chemical compounds that are designed to imitate the effects of THC in marijuana. K2 and Spice are common cannabinoids.
Cathinones contain chemical compounds that are designed to imitate the effects of cocaine or meth and are commonly known as “bath salts.”

 
Illinois – along with other states – has taken strides to ban these synthetic drugs since 2011 with new laws.…

What Are the Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Illinois?
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What Are the Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Illinois?

 
Medical marijuana is now legal in Illinois. For users with certain conditions – Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and many others – you are allowed to have two and a half ounces of cannabis every 14 days. You must get the medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries, and you are unable to grow your own marijuana plants at home.
 
This is great news, and a great start for Illinois. But what if you don’t have a medical condition and want to use marijuana?
 
Unfortunately, recreational use and possession of marijuana is still a crime in Illinois with some serious penalties. Even though marijuana is legal for about 2,800 people in the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, it is illegal for personal, non-medical use.…

Medical Marijuana Comes to Illinois: What You Need to Know
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Medical Marijuana Comes to Illinois: What You Need to Know

 
Though the legalization of medical cannabis represents a victory for patients and progressives everywhere, there are still many ways you can be arrested for marijuana-related crimes—even as a patient.
 
Our state is keeping tight regulations on the sale of medical cannabis products. As of right now, only 3,300 patients in Illinois have qualified to purchase from the eight dispensaries across the state. More than 25,000 people are currently waiting to be approved.
 
Many recreational users, criminal justice reform advocates, and patients are hopeful that the new bill signals a step towards relaxing Illinois’ notoriously strict drug laws.  As it stands, however, the new law should not be taken as a sign that our state prosecutors will go easier on marijuana charges.…

When Is Drug Distribution Considered Trafficking?
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When Is Drug Distribution Considered Trafficking?

In Illinois, trafficking, selling, and distributing drugs is considered a far more serious crime than simple drug possession. Profiting from the drug trade is perceived as more harmful to society than possession for personal use, where the only person impacted is likely to be you.
 
Because of this, those accused of the crimes of trafficking, manufacturing, and distribution face harsher charges and sentences than individuals charged with possession. In fact, the Illinois Controlled Substance Act explicitly states its intention to “penalize most heavily the illicit traffickers or profiteers of controlled substances, who propagate and perpetuate the abuse of such substances with reckless disregard for its consumptive consequences upon every element of society.”
 
The severity of the charge (and associated penalties) depends significantly on the amount of drugs involved, and which drugs were allegedly being distributed or trafficked.…

One Surprising New Tactic Cops Are Using to Catch Drug Crimes
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One Surprising New Tactic Cops Are Using to Catch Drug Crimes

Police in Franklin County, Kentucky recently posted a tongue-in-cheek form online titled “ATTENTION DRUG DEALERS.” The flyer advertised a “free service to help you eliminate your competition”—offering the opportunity for local drug dealers to snitch on other dealers.
 
The comments on the post ranged from amused to incredulous, and the post gained thousands of comments, likes, and shares. You can see the form on the department’s Facebook page.
 
Commenters’ skeptical responses made it all the more surprising when the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department announced a “citizen tip” had led to the arrest of a local drug dealer. The police posted information on the bust to their Facebook page, and confirmed in the comments that the tip had indeed come from the flyer.…