According to official reports, the Illinois man had between 15 and 100 grams of meth in his possession. Apparently, this man demonstrated an intent to commit a delivery crime, as well.
At this juncture, the Illinois man remains in police custody at the McLean County Jail. This man neglected to post in bail and awaits an arraignment scheduled for February 19. In the meantime, it seems appropriate to review the Illinois laws against and punishment for meth delivery.
Illinois Laws Against Meth Delivery
720 ILCS 646/55 provides the Illinois laws against meth delivery. Under this section, it is unlawful to deliver meth to another person — or otherwise attempt to transfer possession, whether or not money changes hands. It is also illegal to possess meth under circumstances that indicate an intent to deliver or otherwise transfer.
Illinois law treats delivery and possession with intent to deliver crimes in identical fashion. It does not matter if the delivery crime is actually completed. Possession with intent to deliver features the same punishment under Illinois law.
Illinois Punishment for Meth Delivery
Section 55 also explains the punishment for meth delivery crimes in Illinois. Under this section, delivery or possession with intent to delivery crimes involving:
- Less than 5 grams of meth — Is punishable as a Class 2 felony with a possible sentence of three to seven years in prison and $25,000 in criminal fines;
- 5 to 15 grams of meth — Is punishable as a Class 1 felony with a possible sentence of four to 15 years in prison and $25,000 in criminal fines;
- 15 to 100 grams of meth — Is punishable as a Class X felony with a possible sentence of six to 30 years in prison and $100,000 in criminal fines;
- 100 to 400 grams of meth — Is punishable as a Class X felony with a possible sentence of nine to 40 years in prison and $200,000 in criminal fines;
- 400 to 900 grams of meth — Is punishable as a Class X felony with a possible sentence of 12 to 50 years in prison and $300,000 in criminal fines; or
- 900 grams or more of meth — Is punishable as a Class X felony with a possible sentence of 15 to 60 years in prison and $400,000 in criminal fines.
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