Drug Llama Faces Federal Charges for Distributing Fentanyl

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A California woman has been indicted in Illinois for distributing drugs through the use of the “dark web,” according to the Southern District of Illinois’ U.S. Attorney’s Office. The woman, who is from San Diego, is known as the “Drug Llama” to her customers on the dark web and is accused of distributing over 50,000 misbranded fentanyl pills throughout the country. Her charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Fentanyl Pills Linked to Death of Two in California

The 31-year-old woman was arrested in San Diego and was ordered detained pending her move to Illinois because she was deemed a flight risk and a danger to the community. Pills that the woman sold are also believed to be linked to two overdose deaths in San Diego County: a 10-month-old boy and a 41-year-old woman. Both overdose cases occurred in September 2017. Fentanyl is a synthetic form of heroin that is extremely cheap and easy to make, but is extremely dangerous. The drug can be up to 50 times stronger than heroin and a lethal dose can be the same size as a pinch of salt.

Pills Supposedly Came From Mexico

According to the investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the fentanyl pills were smuggled into the country from a drug cartel in Mexico and then sold on the dark web and shipped throughout the country in the mail. Undercover agents purchased nine items from the woman between April and July. The fentanyl pills that the woman sold the agents were called “pressed blues,” pills disguised as oxycodone and stamped with “M30.” The indictment states that she trafficked the fentanyl since October 2016.

“Drug Llama” Sold Pills Through the Dark Web

The dark web is an online marketplace where criminals use anonymous web browsers and cryptocurrencies to buy, sell, and trade illegal goods and services. The dark web is unreachable by your typical web browsers and search engines, and it can only be reached by using software capable of connecting to “The Onion Router” (TOR), an encrypted network that conceals the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of computers that access the network.

A Joliet Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer Can Help

With the opioid epidemic happening around the country, drug crimes are being punished stricter than ever. If you are facing criminal charges for a drug crime, you need the immediate help of a Will County drug crimes defense attorney . The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. can help you defend against these charges. With experience as a former Will County prosecutor, Mr. Zaremba knows how these crimes are handled and can help you work toward the most desirable outcome. Call the office at 815-740-4025 to schedule a free consultation.

Beware of Reckless Driving on I-80 Near Joliet

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A recent report highlighted dangerous driving conditions along a 16-mile stretch of I-80 that passes through Minooka, Joliet, and New Lenox in Will County. Drivers should be particularly careful along this stretch of highway. Dangerous highway conditions like these can easily turn a first-time misdemeanor DUI into an aggravated felony DUI causing great bodily harm (a class 4 felony) or death (class 2 felony). A simple speeding ticket can become a reckless homicide, a class 3 felony ( 720 ILCS 5/9-3 ).

The I-80 Corridor Analysis report of January 2018 cites these specific dangers:

Heavy truck traffic. One in five vehicles is a semi-trailer or heavy truck.

Bridge hazards. This stretch of highway includes 39 bridges, several being narrow bridges without shoulders. One-fourth of these bridges have been labeled “structurally deficient” while nearly half are deemed “functionally obsolete.”

Speed limit changes. Road curves and narrow bridges force speed limits down to 55 mph in one area and 45 mph in another.

Congestion due to population growth. The population of Will County rose 35% between the last two censuses, while the total Chicago metropolitan area grew just 4%.

Fatal crashes. This stretch of I-80 averages at least two fatal crashes per year and has higher overall crash rates than other stretches of I-80 in the Chicago metropolitan area. Whereas most crashes in other towns tend to happen at intersections, crashes near Joliet tend to happen between intersections near highway curves.

In short, the design of interstate highway I-80 between Ridge Road and US 30 is simply insufficient to handle the existing traffic, much less the projected growth in the area.

Drivers should be especially carefully around commercial vehicles, which often play a factor in I-80 crashes. For example, in August 2018, an “unknown commercial vehicle” rear-ended an SUV on I-80 near Joliet. The 42-year-old man driving the SUV lost control, hit a guardrail, and was killed.

Just a year ago, two FedEx truck drivers were killed when a third tractor-trailer crashed into them. One FedEx truck with a double trailer had broken down and was sitting on the shoulder. The second FedEx driver had brought a replacement truck tractor and was preparing to swap the tractors. The driver of the third truck was accused of driving too fast, driving on the right shoulder of the roadway, and failing to avoid a collision.

Call a Seasoned Will County Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney

A serious driving offense on your record can be very costly, driving up your insurance rates and even costing you your job if you lose your driver’s license. If you have been ticketed for a serious offense such as DUI or reckless driving in Will County, IL, a Joliet traffic ticket defense attorney can help. At the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, we are familiar with law enforcement practices on our local roadways. No one will work harder to get you the most favorable outcome. Contact us at 815-740-4025 for a free and confidential consultation.

Doorbell Cams Increasingly Popular with Homeowners and Police

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Doorbell cameras, which take pictures of anyone approaching your house, have rapidly grown in popularity over the past few years. Homeowners use them to monitor family members (such as teens breaking curfew or having unapproved parties) as well as to deter crimes of opportunity such as criminal trespass , vandalism, home invasion, burglary, and porch package theft .

Sales of these home security cameras, also known as video doorbells, are projected to grow from $500 million to $1.4 billion globally over the next five years. Reasons for their growth include rising consumer interest in all types of smart-home devices, declining prices for video doorbell kits , easy installation and internet connectivity, and phone apps that let you see who is at the door right now and who visited in the past.

Defense Against Vandalism and Home Invasion

Law enforcement agencies also appreciate the rising number of homes equipped with video surveillance systems. Doorbell cams reliably capture images of opportunistic criminals who like to strike when live witnesses are scarce. The police can then use image recognition software or social media postings to identify a vandal or trespasser who was caught on camera.

Cameras Provide Evidence in Cases of Burglary or Theft

A recent Will County, Illinois, burglary case was made easier to solve thanks to video images from a doorbell camera. On a Wednesday morning around 10 am, a man kicked in the door of a residence, entered, and left with items stolen from the home—and the man’s face was clearly captured by the homeowner’s doorbell camera. This made it easy to spread the perpetrator’s picture around the local area and social media to identify him.

Homeowners who have been victims of a crime caught on camera are cautioned to contact law enforcement first and let the police handle identification and capture of the suspect. The police also warn camera owners against prematurely posting images on social media, so as to avoid the possibility of a false accusation or unwarranted anxiety amongst the general public.

Many municipalities, including the city of O’Fallon, Illinois, encourage residents with video surveillance cameras to register their contact information with the police department. In the event of a crime in the neighborhood, police can reach out to residents whose cameras might have captured valuable evidence.

Get an Experienced Will County Theft Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with criminal trespass, burglary, robbery, or theft, you need a lawyer who has experience fighting these types of charges. An experienced Joliet criminal defense attorney will conduct an independent investigation of your case to uncover exculpatory evidence and ensure that your constitutional rights are not violated. Call the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba at 815-740-4025 to discuss your case; calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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