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Illinois man with federal prison term gets additional 30-month probation for Dekorra drug bust
Published On: 05-10-2018 in Category: Drug Bust
A 37-year-old man from the Chicago area, who was arrested in July 2017 outside Dekorra on charges of carrying pounds of marijuana and $10,940 cash, has agreed to a plea deal that will add 30 months of probation to his federal prison term and make him surrender the seized amount. On May 1, 2018, Victor Johnson appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court for his hearing through telephone from Leavenworth Federal Prison in Kansas.
Judge Andrew Voigt told Johnson to serve 30 months of probation after his federal prison sentence. Commenting on Johnson’s sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Troy Cross said, “There will be 12½ years hanging over his head for two years after he is done with his federal sentence.” As per records of the Bureau of Prisons, Johnson is slated for release from Leavenworth on April 10, 2019.
The case started with a traffic stop on July 31, 2017, on Interstate 90/94 when a Wisconsin officer stopped Johnson for speeding in a construction area. Though Johnson tried to cut the conversation short by blaming the incident on his poor timing, the officer immediately probed about the smell of marijuana from the vehicle. On searching the vehicle, the officer found not only eight packages of weed weighing more than a pound each, but also a hefty cash amount. Later, he was arrested.
Marijuana abuse is a major problem
Marijuana continues to remain one of the most readily available and abused drugs in Illinois. Authorities say that shipments carrying tons of cannabis are being regularly transported to Illinois from the Mexican border. The drug is quite popular among teenagers and young adults. Its lifetime use was reported among 50 percent of high school students in Chicago in 2013.
Not only Illinois, weed addiction has affected the entire country. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 24 million Americans aged 12 or older were current users of marijuana. The data also shows that nearly 4 million people in the same age group were suffering from marijuana use disorder in the past year.
There is no denying the fact that marijuana is a highly addictive drug and owing to its high potential for abuse, cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Experts attribute the steady spike in marijuana addiction rates across the country to the growing ease of availability and perceived harmlessness. Therefore, the need of the hour is to make people aware about the dangers of marijuana abuse. It is also necessary to seek timely intervention from an expert to lead a sober life again.
Seeking treatment for marijuana addiction
If you or a loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, the Chicago Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can assist you with one of the best addiction treatment programs to embark on a journey to sobriety. You may call us at our 24/7 helpline number 312-300-6661 for complete information about the best treatment plans in your vicinity.