When a drug presence is suspected in an area, authorities will often go to great lengths to track it down and apprehend those involved. This can result in lengthy investigations, raids and multiple arrests. However, it is not always easy to be certain who is responsible in cases of drug trafficking and possession, or who is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a result, innocent people can occasionally get caught up in these investigations.
In Illinois, seven people have recently been charged on suspicion of drug dealing. The investigation was centered primarily upon an apartment complex in Naperville. Several of the individuals charged lived within the building. They stand accused of dealing various substances, including heroin and crack cocaine.
The men and women apprehended, whose ages range from 19 to 61, have been charged with a range of crimes, including delivery of cannabis and drug conspiracy. However, the drug bust, which followed four months of investigation, is not the end. Inquiries are continuing and further charges are expected. A special agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration stressed the agency's commitment to dismantling organizations responsible for drug trafficking.
For those arrested, their prospects may depend significantly on the charges against them and their conduct in response to the situation. Even if you feel you have been falsely apprehended, cooperation can often work in your favor. By avoiding incriminating yourself further, you can focus on preserving your reputation. If you find yourself in this situation, the support of an attorney could benefit you. He or she can help you build your defense and may be able to assist you in presenting your side of the story if the matter goes to court.
Source: The Chicago Tribune, "7 people charged in Naperville drug bust: authorities," Clifford Ward, July 18, 2014