Many drug-related arrests follow a search of the accused person’s home or vehicle. In some cases, however, officers will perform a search in violation of the accused’s Fourth Amendment rights. Under the Fourth Amendment, U.S. citizens are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures of their homes. In other words, if an officer performs a search without probable cause to do so, any contraband he or she finds may not be used in the case against the accused.
A 24-year-old Chicago man was recently arrested for drug crimes in Bloomington following a search of the man’s home. According to the Assistant State’s Attorney on the case, officers found a ledger in the home detailing various drug transactions. Police also allegedly found fairly large amounts of cocaine and marijuana in the home, as well as thousands of dollars in what is believed to be drug money.
The man is facing 16 drug charges related to the possession and/or distribution of cocaine and marijuana and a cash bond has been set at $250,000.
The penalties you will face for cocaine and marijuana possession and/or possession with intent to deliver will depend on the quantity of drugs in your possession as well as various other factors. For example, according to 720 ILCS 570/401(a)(2)(A), possession of 15 to 100 grams of cocaine is a Class X felony that could result in six to 30 years in prison, and up to $500,000 in fines. If you are facing drug charges of any kind, it may be in your best interest to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.