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MAN ARRESTED AFTER CHICAGO POLICE FIND $10 MILLION WORTH OF DRUGS

Chicago police have arrested a man after finding $10 million worth of drugs in his possession. According to police, the man is a known gang member. The drugs were apparently found during a search of his home. Police allege that they found around 50 pounds of marijuana and large amounts of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

In addition to the drugs, police say the 33-year-old had $47,000 in cash in his home. Two handguns were also found during the search. Finally, police say they found three cars at the man’s home — two of which the police accuse the man of using to transport drugs.

As a result of the search, the man will likely face multiple drug charges. He was being held by police pending a bond hearing.

While it may seem like the evidence is stacked against this man that might not be the case. Here the police searched his home. As part of his criminal defense, this man should ensure that this search was legally conducted.

In order for the search to be legal, the police likely needed a search warrant. This search warrant would have defined where the police could have searched. If the police did not obey the scope of the warrant, the entire search may be invalid. By working to suppress evidence found in the search, this man may be able to reduce the charges he faces.

This will be important since penalties for drug distribution or possession with intent to sell can be severe. They may include asset forfeiture, large fines and long prison sentences. These crimes can leave people with permanent criminal records which can make it difficult for people to move forward from the charges.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat, “Chicago police seize $10M worth of drugs, guns,” Sept. 7, 2013

FEDERAL PROSECUTORS BRING CHARGES IN CYBER CRIME RING

In what is being lauded as the biggest cyber crime in the history of the United States, federal prosecutors have brought charges in a cyber crime ring that reportedly cost companies over $300 million. The suspects allegedly hacked into companies in order to commit credit card fraud. Five people have been charged in the spree and two men are in custody.

The investigation has been building for many years. Companies attacked by the hackers include some well-known names like J.C. Penny, JetBlue Airways Corp and other companies used by Illinois residents and throughout the country. Authorities also alluded to a breach against Nasdaq but didn’t provide much further information on that fact.

It’s believed that at least five men are involved in the cyber attack and so far, all of the suspects are from outside the U.S. Prosecutors believe that the men stole credit card numbers for over 160 million cards thus contributing to the $300 million loss. The men were able to avoid detection for a while by using an anonymous web-hosting system created by one of the suspects. The group allegedly made a profit by selling the stolen data from the credit cards.

U.S. Attorneys think this type of crime is cutting-edge, pointing out the group’s ability to disable anti-virus software and store data on hacking platforms around the world. The suspects in this case are all non-citizens and prosecutors are awaiting their extradition back to the U.S.

For U.S. citizens charged with computer crimes, it is a different story. U.S. citizens are afforded certain rights and protections under our constitution and justice system. It is of utmost importance that prosecutors uphold these rights and follow the legal process when pursuing federal charges. A defendant can best arm himself or herself against a violation of these rights by working with an adept and skilled criminal defense attorney.

By Robert Kerr

Source: Chicago Tribune, “U.S. indicts hackers in biggest cyber fraud case in history,” David Jones and Jim Finkle, July 26, 2013

INVESTIGATION LEADS TO 23 ARRESTS ON DRUG CHARGES IN CHICAGO

Officials from several different local, state and federal agencies are all responsible for investigating drug crimes. They are each tasked with carrying out investigations, gathering evidence and making arrests. Sometimes these agencies are looking to arrest those with the intent to distribute drugs and other times they are looking to arrest drug users.

In a recent Chicago case, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Chicago Police department worked together to investigate and arrest people suspected of drug distribution. According to police, the investigation took several months and took place in three different states. As a result of the investigation, 23 people are facing federal drug charges.

Police claim that these people were all engaged in trafficking narcotics in three separate locations in Chicago. During the investigation and the subsequent arrests, the officials allege that they obtained drugs, weapons and cash from the suspects.

This case acts as an important reminder to Chicago residents that police are always using their vast resources to track down people who are selling drugs. In particular, the authorities are looking to keep drugs off the streets and therefore try to find the source of the drugs. These investigations typically yield a lot of evidence, much of which can be used in court against those accused.

Those people charged with drug distribution can face serious penalties. These penalties can include fines, jail or prison sentences and others. In order to avoid these penalties, people should prepare an aggressive criminal defense. When many people are arrested at the same time, it is possible that the police just arrested and charged someone who was at the wrong place at the wrong time. By defending against the charges, people are able to tell their side of the story and may see reduced penalties as a result.

Source: CBS Chicago, “Police Charge 23 In Drug Distribution Ring,” June 20, 2013