House Passes Bill to Reclassify Small-Amount Drug Possession as Misdemeanor

Apr 22, 2021
Lee Millner, Ilinois Times

A bill to lessen penalties for possessing and selling small amounts of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, narrowly passed out of the state House of Representatives Wednesday after a contentious debate.

The discussion over House Bill 3447 provoked strong emotions on both sides of the aisle, passing by a 61-49 vote, or just one more than was needed to pass.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Union County man has been sentenced to four years in prison for smuggling a small bag of methamphetamine into the Jackson County Jail.

State lawmakers and public health advocates want to make it more convenient for Illinoisans to get rid of their unwanted medicine.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Carbondale man pleaded guilty to robbery and calculated criminal cannabis conspiracy in exchange for prosecutors dropping a murder charge against him.

Carbondale Police Dept.

A coach from Paducah's St. Mary's Catholic High School was arrested in Carbondale over the weekend, accused of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

Eight Massac County residents have been arrested on illegal drug distribution charges.

A Centralia man has pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with federal drug and gun charges.

Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

Three people were arrested Wednesday as part of a narcotics investigation in Mt. Vernon.

A little after 6 a.m., members of Mt .Vernon Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department High Risk Team executed a search warrant at 4152 Willow Springs.

A Marion federal inmate is potentially facing more time behind bars after he was caught trying to smuggle prescription narcotics into prison.

A Centralia man is in jail after a drug arrest in Marion.

The Southern Illinois Enforcement Group says 25-year old Zachary Roper was taken into custody Monday following a narcotics investigation.  Agents seized nearly 60-grams of crystal meth.

Illinois State Police

Two traffic stops in Johnson County led to the arrest of three suspects and the seizure of 67 pounds of cannabis, 100 grams of cannabis wax and 9.5 pounds of cannabis edibles.

Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

Mt. Vernon Police arrested a man early Sunday morning following a traffic stop on a vehicle at 29th and Jones.


April 27 is National Drug Take Back Day...giving the public a chance to get rid of old prescription medications.

Drop off sites will be available across the state...accepting prescription drugs, pet medications and vitamins.

U.S. Attorney

A Centralia man has been arrested on drug and gun charges.

The U.S. attorney says 47-year-old David Herron is accused of intending to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and unlawfully possessing a firearm by a convicted felon.

A southern Illinois church is planning to open a Sober Living House in Union County later this year.

Steven Guined is pastor of the non-denomination Connect Point Church in Anna. He says the plan for the facility grew out of the response to their ministry's weekly Recovery Program for those battling alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling and other problems. 

Three Canadians have been sentenced to prison for their roles in defrauding elderly southern Illinoisans and others in a prescription drug discount card telemarketing scam.

The U.S. attorney's office says two of the defendants, 41-year-old Fawaz Sebai and 34-year-old Vassilios Klouvatos were sentenced to more than three years in federal prison, while the third, 27-year-old Lefkothea Klouvatos received a two-and-a-half year sentence. They pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy charges last December.

Two people are in custody in Jefferson County after a drug-related search Friday in Mt. Vernon.

A Jonesboro man is in the Jackson County Jail after his arrest on drug related charges.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with a representative of Family Counseling Center and four of her clients about the often overlooked issue of loneliness, which a study by CIGNA suggests has reached epidemic levels in the U.S.

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For more details about the CIGNA loneliness study click here.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Jefferson County drug enforcement officers arrested 8–Mt Vernon residents Wednesday as part of warrant sweep.

The arrests were for various drug related charges.  Mt. Vernon Police say they are seeking seven other suspects and expect to make additional arrests.

Man holding a sign saying recovery matters
Flickr/Sacred Heart


Earlier this year, we covered the difficulties faced by Illinoisans in recovery - especially those who had successfully detoxed, and were hoping to change their lives and stay sober. One of the challenges people faced was finding help getting their lives back on track.


An accused drug dealer from Mexico has been extradited to the U.S. to face federal drug trafficking charges in the Southern District of Illinois.

DEA Warns About Drug-Laced Candy

Oct 30, 2018

The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning area residents about potentially dangerous Halloween candy.

The DEA says people should look closely at the candy they receive when their kids go trick or treating because some drugs are sold in packages to look like traditional candies.

The Jackson County Health Department and the Sheriff's Office are holding a drug take-back and confidential document shredding event.

A Congressman from Illinois is working on a bill he says will encourage drug companies to develop new antibiotics.

More than 23,000 Americans a year die from bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

Five people were arrested in Mt. Vernon on drug related charges.

The Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office High Risk Team served a drug search warrant early Thursday morning at a residence on South 24th Street in Mt. Vernon.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says Americans did their part to drop off a record number of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Schools aren't the only institutions concerned about mass shootings.

Many churches and businesses are offering employees and volunteers active shooter training.

Kids who are prescribed medical marijuana might be allowed to use the drug on school grounds under a Illinois proposal. The legislation would allow parents to give cannabis medication to those kids if and when they need it.

Two men - one wanted for murder - are in custody after a drug bust in Marion Thursday.

The Marion Police Narcotics Unit raided two homes on West Boulevard Street. Investigators say heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, cash, and ammunition were all found in addition to the two suspects.