Police received a tip that ultimately led them to an apartment complex near Northern Illinois University. The tipster told police that a man and a woman were selling cocaine there. When they arrived, the pair was taken into custody on drug charges.
The 28-year-old man and 33-year-old woman face charges for possession of a controlled substance, intent to deliver and intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a school. Police reports indicate that a small amount of a substance believed to be cocaine was found in the man's hat and a small amount was found in the woman's bra. Both allegedly made admissions to police when questioned.
The woman supposedly handed over seven bags of the same substance to officers and told them she was holding it for the man. The man said that he was making deliveries for the woman. The man's criminal record and pending parole put him in danger of being sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge. Since the woman does not have a criminal record, she faces between four and 15 years in prison if convicted.
Despite their admissions, each of these individuals retains the right to be presumed innocent unless and until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. They also have the right to review all of the evidence Illinois prosecutors intend to present to the court, along with the investigative procedures used prior to, during and after the arrest. From there, each of their attorneys can explore the options available in order to determine the best possible outcome of the drug charges.
Source: daily-chronicle.com, "Two face charges in DeKalb cocaine bust", Brett Rowland, Jan. 10, 2017