Sometimes Illinois police receive tips that prompt investigations. Such a situation occurred recently when police suspected that a man was trafficking drugs from another state into Illinois. They made an unspecified traffic stop when a pickup pulling a trailer came by, though it is not exactly clear exactly what prompted the police action. Nevertheless, charges for drug offenses soon followed.
One can never predict how a traffic stop will end. Many times, police ask a few questions, issue a warning and send people back on the roads. This is not always what happens, however, as made evident when the pickup truck driver wound up getting arrested.
Authorities claim a K-9 unit was at the scene of the traffic stop and that during the investigation, the animal alerted his training officer to the scent of marijuana. Police conducted a search and reportedly not only found approximately 1,500 pounds of pot but drug paraphernalia as well. The supposed evidence is said to be worth more than $10 million if it were ever to be sold on the street.
A 42-year-old man was taken into police custody. A judge set bail at $50,000. Like any person in Illinois or elsewhere who stands accused of serious drug offenses, this man will be given the opportunity to defend himself in court. Most people in similar situations hire experienced attorneys rather than try to go it alone in court. As a personal advocate, an attorney can protect a defendant's rights and access any and all options that may help mitigate the client's circumstances.