What causes Illinois law enforcement officers to focus on a particular vehicle? Is the driver speeding, driving in a reckless manner or just looking suspicious? Apparently, something attracted attention and caused Illinois officers to stop an out-of-state vehicle. The driver and passenger are now facing a variety of drug sales and distribution charges.
This past May, an Illinois task force had an area under surveillance. According to officers, the man and woman entered the area, and officers decided to stop their vehicle. The male passenger attempted to leave the scene and was detained after a short chase. According to officers, they discovered methamphetamine and oxycodone pills in the vehicle. The quantity they claim to have discovered led officers to believe that the couple was attempting to distribute the drugs.
The female driver has already been indicted on drug sales and distribution charges. She is being held on a $150,000 bond and is scheduled to make another court appearance in the near future. The male passenger has pleaded not guilty, and he is scheduled to go to trial later this summer. Reports suggest that he is facing up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
The legal system has become more vigilant in seeking out and prosecuting those whom it believes guilty of drug sales and distribution. Prior to appearing before a judge in an Illinois court, the accused will want an experienced legal team on his or her side. In addition to reviewing the evidence and the manner in which it was obtained, this team will be in place to make sure that the individual’s rights are protected.