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Several men charged with cocaine offenses in Illinois

Facing drug charges at the federal level in Illinois is no joke. The government is usually quite aggressive in its prosecution of such matters. Several men were recently taken into custody and have since been charged with drug crimes that involve cocaine.

Authorities say they seized substantial amounts of drugs, including approximately 150 pounds of cocaine and nearly as much heroin during the recent bust. Allegations against three men say they  agreed to receive and transport drugs at a warehouse in Aurora. They have been formally charged with possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute.

An affidavit states drugs were hidden in compartments of a flatbed tractor-trailer when two people delivered them to the warehouse. The three defendants stood before a federal magistrate on a recent Tuesday afternoon. The magistrate ordered them to remain in custody without bond.

Federal officials say they had been tracking the drugs since they were brought to the United States from Mexico some time ago. Others accused of similar cocaine crimes in the past in Illinois have sometimes been able to avoid severe penalties by allowing experienced defense attorneys to represent them in court. Often, an attorney will have insight that a person without a background in law may not have regarding various options and strategies that might be available to combat prosecutors' efforts to obtain convictions. Anyone facing such charges at this time may ask questions regarding how best to proceed to present a strong defense by contacting a criminal defense attorney to arrange a consultation.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Federal officials seize 150 pounds of cocaine, 75 pounds of heroin in Aurora", Hannah Leone, Nov. 23, 2016

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