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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.

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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.

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Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

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

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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.

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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.

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
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DEA

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

The Illinois Department of Human Services has hired a Boston-based company to run an opioid help hotline despite receiving proposals from at least three Illinois providers.

Drug Arrests in Energy

Dec 21, 2017

A traffic stop led to the drug arrest of two southern Illinois men in Williamson County.

The opioid epidemic continues to sweep across Illinois and the rest of the nation, now declared a public health emergency. But, some believe medical marijuana could be the solution.

The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation intended to make it easier to hold drug dealers accountable when their customers overdose.
 
After eight years in the Army, Evan Rushing had PTSD. One day last year, he drove to St. Louis to buy heroin. It was a bad batch; he overdosed and died.

Two people are in custody in Jefferson County after an explosive device was found inside a residence.

Deputies say at around 7:30 Monday evening, they and other area law enforcement agencies served a search warrant for drugs and explosives on North Stratford Lane in Jefferson County.

Drug Takeback Day Set for April 29

Apr 28, 2017
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US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration

Police departments around the country are joining together to help get unused, unwanted, and expired medicine out of peoples' homes - in an environmentally friendly way.

Need to get rid of old, unused, or expired medication? Local police departments can take care of that for you Saturday.

Sam Werkmeister, a father of two, nearly died six times last year.

He started taking pain pills to get through shifts at a restaurant. That led him to a full-blown addiction to opioids. After a relapse last summer, it took Werkmeister six months to gather the courage to go back into treatment. 

“It’s called carfentanil, and it’s really cheap,” he said, as he sat on a worn couch in the Granite City group home he shares with a half dozen other men. “It destroyed my life.”

Two people have been arrested after a traffic stop that resulted in a high speed chase.

The Energy Police Department says law enforcement arrested the driver of the vehicle, 36-year-old Genie Marion of Murphysboro, and her passenger, 30-year-old Michael Chappell of Murphysboro.

Updated at 4:16 p.m. Sept. 2 with information from pharmacies — According to a spokesperson with the state department that oversees the Missouri Board of Pharmacy, Missouri pharmacies do not have to wait for final rules from the board before distributing the opioid overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription.

“The new provisions are ‘self-executing’ and do not require a Board rule for implementation.  This means pharmacists with a valid protocol are authorized to dispense naloxone, as of [Aug. 28, 2016],” said Yaryna Klimchak with the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration.

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Carbondale Police

Two Pulaski County men are jailed after police say they tried to transport cannabis into Carbondale on an Amtrak train.

The state’s heroin crisis has captured headlines and the attention of lawmakers. But in the past few years, the number of methamphetamine lab busts has crept back up, and law enforcement officials say the drug is also coming into the state from Mexico. 

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