According to reports, law enforcement arrested this 33-year-old Illinois man on June 21. At that time, the Illinois man was in alleged possession of seven different varieties of substances, including illegal drugs classified as controlled substances.
As a result of this incident, the authorities charged the Illinois man with:
- Five counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver;
- Seven counts of possession of a controlled substance; and
- Two counts of other charges involving cannabis.
At this point, the Illinois man remains in police custody in lieu of posting bail. The next court date is currently a July 15 arraignment. In the meantime, it seems like a proper moment to review the Illinois statutes governing unlawful possession or delivery of controlled substances.
Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance
720 ILCS 570/402 mostly prohibits the possession of any controlled substance. Though in terms of penalties, there is a wide range of potential outcomes. But from a higher level, any person who unlawfully possesses:
- Large Amounts of Schedule I/II Narcotics — Will face Class 1 felony charges and a maximum criminal fine of $200,000;
- Other Amounts of Any Controlled Substance — Will face Class 4 felony charges and a maximum criminal fine of $25,000; or
- Any Anabolic Steroid — Will face Class C misdemeanor charges on the first offense and Class B misdemeanor charges on the second or subsequent offenses, including a maximum criminal fine of $1,500.
Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance
720 ILCS 570/401 largely prohibits the delivery or manufacture of any controlled substance. This section also bars the possession of any controlled substance with intent to deliver or manufacture.
It is important to note that the penalties for a violation of Section 401 can fluctuate. But generally speaking, any person who delivers or possesses with intent to deliver any:
- Schedule I/II Controlled Substance — Will face Class 2 felony charges and a maximum criminal fine of $200,000;
- Schedule III Controlled Substance — Will face Class 3 felony charges and a maximum criminal fine of $125,000;
- Schedule IV Controlled Substance — Will face Class 3 felony charges and a maximum criminal fine of $100,000; or
- Schedule V Controlled Substance — Will face Class 3 felony charges and a maximum criminal fine of $75,000.
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