How do gangs organize themselves so efficiently? What is the driving force that keeps gang members together? The ability to make a substantial amount of money doing little or no work is everyone’s dream. For many gang members, selling illicit drugs is the activity they think will lead to that reality.
Supervised by Assistant State's Attorney Mike Knick, the Drug Unit of the Will County State's Attorney's Office is dedicated to imposing meaningful punishment for those who use and traffic in illicit narcotics. Each of the five felony courtrooms is staffed by an Assistant State's Attorney who is assigned to narcotics cases only. Police Departments in Will County that have the capability have devoted resources to an organized effort to curb illicit drug trafficking. By working with these specialized enforcement units, the drug unit plays an important role in the community to stop illicit drug use and sales.
In addition to their daily court calls, the members of the Drug Unit spend their time writing search warrants which authorize the seizure of narcotics from known drug houses. They obtain judicially authorized eavesdrops which allows law enforcement officers to develop further evidence against suspected drug dealers. Perhaps the most meaningful tool of all is the development of cases by the use of those already charged with crimes themselves. Nothing gets at the heart of organized narcotics activity like the use of a snitch who helps prove a case against a drug dealer who may be his or her friend or relative.
The members of the Will County State’s Attorney’s Drug Unit take pride in the county-wide effort to curb illicit drug trafficking. As with so many areas of criminal law, public awareness and cooperation is the key to making this effort a success. Anyone with information concerning drug related activity is encouraged to contact your local police department or the State’s Attorney’s Office.
Finally, it is a well known fact that drugs wouldn’t exist unless people wanted them, so the most cost-effective way to combat drug crimes is to reduce the demand for drugs. Parents can assist law enforcement by talking to their kids about the dangers of drugs and setting and enforcing limits and logical consequences that ensure kids understand and respect their parents rules and are more inclined to resist drug use. Parents can find help by browsing the Parenting for Prevention section located in the Crime Prevention menu item.