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Illinois tobacco store owner facing drug charges

Authorities say a tobacco store owner was selling way more than tobacco. The situation led to a man’s arrest. He is now facing felony drug charges in Illinois.

The man owned a tobacco shop. Authorities received information that the man was selling illegal things in his shop. Officers searched the premises, later saying they found more than $2,000 in cash and a lot of marijuana. Although some states have completely decriminalized pot, possession of it is still illegal in this state. Federal and state laws often conflict where marijuana is concerned; however, federal law always supercedes state law if the matter of jurisdiction comes into question. 

Police say they went to the tobacco store with a search warrant. Following their search, they arrested the 38-year-old at the store for possession with intent to deliver marijuana. As in all situations involving illegal drug charges, the man who was arrested is guaranteed the opportunity to present as strong a defense as possible to try to avoid conviction.

There are many things an experienced attorney can do to help a defendant facing drug charges in Illinois. One of the first things is to review the case as it unfolded to assess whether any personal rights were violated. An attorney can also help a defendant explore what type of defense strategy would be best in a particular situation. Strong defense representation often means the difference between getting life back on track with minimal long-term consequences to winding up behind bars for a very long time.

Source: Orland Park, IL Patch, “Orland Cops’ Investigation Leads To Tobacco Store Drug Bust“, Tim Moran, March 26, 2018