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Police say recent bust resulted in drug charges against many

Illinois police claim they've taken down an active drug-smuggling network after a recent raid in Naperville. Law enforcement conducted the bust at a group of warehouses. Authorities say some of the drugs that came through the location were sold in a shopping mall parking lot. Nineteen people were arrested and are now facing serious drug charges.

Police say they seized at least 190 kilograms of heroin during their recent operation. Federal authorities say the drugs were coming to Illinois from Mexico. Most of those arrested were men; in fact, there was only one woman involved in the situation.

The amount of drugs allegedly seized in the recent raid could amount to more than $12 million in street value. Penalties under conviction of such serious drug crimes are often quite severe, including extensive time in prison and substantial monetary restitution. It's no understatement to say anyone in such circumstances has his or her freedom on the line.

For this and many other reasons, Illinois residents arrested on serious drug charges usually ask experienced attorneys for help. It's typically best to choose an attorney who has successfully fought against charges at the federal level. Such an attorney knows the ins and outs of the federal justice system and can help a defendant present as strong a defense as possible in a particular situation. If the court does hand down a conviction, a savvy attorney may be able to mitigate the circumstances by convincing the court to issue a lighter sentence than the maximum allowed by law.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Massive heroin smuggling ring had Naperville, St. Charles warehouses: officials", Bill Bird, April 12, 2017

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