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drugsChicago has been listed as one of the seven major cities that have continuously had major drug problems and seizures. The other cities include: Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, New York, and Tucson. To this day, crack/cocaine is the biggest drug threat to the City of Chicago, even though heroin has spread through its neighborhoods. One may think that the only way to acquire illegal drugs is on the streets. However, with the Internet revolutionizing society and how people interact with each other, drug dealers have come up with a distribution system that has attracted many users, called Silk Road.

What Is Silk Road?

Silk Road is the main online site for illegal drug distribution that appeared in 2011. Drug users can use Silk Road to anonymously buy and sell drugs, as to increase the probability of avoiding any kind of detection by law enforcement. The buyer and seller can meet virtually, therefore maintaining less travel expenses, and transactions are typically used by Bitcoins.  All products are mailed to the recipient, and Silk Road has a value of over $20 million. There are often online discussions on how to avoid law enforcement detection, as well to rate the distributor and products.


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Chicago drug crime, Chicago drug crime defense lawyer, drug paraphernalia, drug paraphernalia possession, drug possessionDrugs have been a major concern in Chicago and the surrounding Cook County suburbs for decades. One issue that many do not take into consideration is that drug possession and selling drug paraphernalia can lead to serious consequences.

Drug Paraphernalia Defined

Drug paraphernalia is defined as any equipment, products, and materials intentionally used to plant, cultivate, grow, manufacture, store, conceal, and ingest in an unlawful manner. Objects used to unlawfully ingest, inject, or inhale drugs include but are not limited to:


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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, Chicago drug crimes attorney,Heroin, an extremely addictive opiate drug, has long plagued Illinois. Heroin can devastate lives and even communities, leading many to label the widespread heroin problem as an epidemic. The drug affects people from all walks of life, from already at-risk drug users to individuals recovering from surgery who find themselves addicted but out of pain medication and looking for an alternative. Where is the heroin circulating around Illinois coming from? Law enforcement officials say the state’s supply of heroin comes from two places: Mexico and South America. Two Sources Heroin is most commonly available in two different forms. There is the white or brownish powder, known as white powder, and a black, sticky substance known as black tar. The drug is often diluted using other drugs or starch, sugar, or powdered milk. Users can smoke, snort, or inject the highly addictive substance which provides a sense of euphoria. Illinois is affected by both forms of the drug. Chicago is one of the most profitable markets for white powder heroin, while nearby St. Louis has a large demand for both the black tar and white powder forms. Officials say that because there is demand for both types of heroin, traffickers are moving the product up from both Mexico and South America. “Much of the heroin supply to the U.S. comes from Mexico, but most of the heroin that goes to the eastern portion of the country and to Chicago, comes from South America,” says one Illinois drug enforcement specialist. Drug enforcement officials say that today’s drug traffickers are business-minded, and are constantly seeking out new ways to provide users with their product. Chicago and St. Louis are both large distribution hubs, where the heroin is delivered, divided, and then spread out. Arrests Versus Education While law enforcement officials say they plan to continue thwarting attempts to deliver and distribute heroin and other drugs to Illinois residents, officials say further education is also needed to help combat the heroin epidemic, as well as treatment options for addicts opposed to jail time. “We cannot arrest our way out of this situation,” says one drug task force member. Further education is needed, specialists say, to help inform the public of the reality of the problem. Everyone is vulnerable, and thanks to highly addictive pain medication often prescribed after a surgery or injury, many individuals with no past drug use find themselves seeking heroin. While arresting heroin users may get them off the street for the time being, treatment is needed to help addicts combat their addiction and move forward free from heroin. Heroin Charges?

Are you facing heroin related charges? If so, you need the help of a qualified Chicago area criminal defense attorney with experience helping clients with drug charges. At the Law Offices of Hal M. Garfinkel LLC, Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney, our team has years of experience providing aggressive, quality criminal defense to clients facing a variety of drug related charges. Be it heroin possession, distribution, or trafficking charges, we are here to help. Call 312-270-0999 today to learn more about how we can help you.




drug crimes, federal prosecution, Illinois Defense LawyerWith many states around the country beginning to loosen their statutes regarding the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana, both remain illegal and subject to prosecution in the state of Illinois. The penalties for a marijuana conviction in Illinois range from a slap on the wrist to years in prison, depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime. While simple possession carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail, a trafficking conviction may result in a 30 year prison sentence. Trafficking charges are further complicated by the fact that they may bring you within federal jurisdiction, facing imprisonment in a federal prison. For this reason, trafficking charges should be handled with a comprehensive and aggressive defense.

What is Drug Trafficking?

Transporting a large quantity of illegal drugs for the purpose of selling, distributing or delivering is referred to as drug trafficking. The term generally conjures thoughts of highly organized drug cartels, using ships and airplanes to traffic drugs into the United States. While these circumstances do meet the definition, most trafficking cases are far less dramatic and involve individuals who probably don't even consider themselves traffickers.


drug driving, driving under the influence, Illinois drug attorney, While medical marijuana is now legal in Illinois for patients who comply with state law, it is still illegal for anyone to drive under the influence of marijuana. Not many people understand, however, the far reaching impact of Illinois’ strict per se drugged driving law. The law forbids people from operating a motor vehicle if they have any detectable level of marijuana present in body fluids.

Strict Standards & Punishments

Opponents of per se legislation argue that just the presence of cannabinoids from marijuana in the bloodstream does not adequately measure impairment. Although ingestion of THC only has an immediate, measurable deleterious effect on performance for up to three hours after use, it stays in the body as a metabolized non-active and detectable substance far longer. Because cannabinoids remain present in both blood and urine for up to 30 days, it is theoretically possible to be charged with a per se marijuana DUI for a joint smoked a month ago (even if done so legitimately under the state’s medical marijuana program).



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