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Raid Nets Arrest, 18 Grams of Heroin

Joseph Lucas was charged with controlled substance possession with intent to deliver after Joliet police found $1,800 worth of heroin, scales and $200 cash.

Joliet police confiscated 18 grams of heroin, weight scales and cash from a home officers raided Friday morning, Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

Members of the police department's narcotics unit executed a warrant at about 9:30 a.m. at 1516 Timberline Drive, Joliet, and arrested Joseph Michael Lucas, 31, on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug equipment, Benton said.

Street value for heroin is currently about $100 a gram, meaning the drugs confiscated had a street value of about $1,800, he said. Also confiscated from the house, located south of Theodore Street and west of Essington Road, were prescription pills, scales and $200.

Lucas is currently be held in the Will County jail. His bond hearing is set for Monday.

Lucas has been arrested several times previously, according to jail records. He was charged with felony domestic battery in July 2011, misdemeanor domestic battery in January 2010 and misdemeanor domestic battery in April 2008.

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John Roberts January 14, 2013 at 03:24 AM
If you totally drop the crime rate that drops the fines,the restitution,court costs,what do you think pays for the police?the judges?..court costs is payment,..now let's say there is less crime..Do you need as many police?..or do you start to lay them off,..The more the crime the more the police the more the money..now let's take a look at the prison system..becoming all private..owners of these prisons make more money when the prison is full..$42,000 per inmate per year..if the in,ate becomes unruly/threatened and has to be transferred the money does not go with him...after 30 days in the new prison that prison gets $42,000..is it not profitable to fill your prison and shuffle around inmates?..you just keep on getting paid..it's a nice loop hole...Like the prison lobbyists going to congress getting small crimes upgraded to felonies..and mandatory sentences....been a real treat..in the freest country in the world we have the most people locked up in prison and what are most of them in for ?....Non Violent drug use and posession.
GlockG22Shoots40s January 14, 2013 at 02:50 PM
While I agree with much of what you say here John... I do think that narcotics are a bad idea and legalizing them a worse idea. Incarceration for use or possession, yeah that's admittedly a waste of taxpayer money. But this bust is an obvious dealer with scales. Users don't have scales. I realize that they will never get all the dealers off the streets, but that doesn't mean they should give up on the idea. I wouldn't want them to give up on killers either. And realistically, dealers do kill at least on an indirect basis. They help to create users and get them hooked, then those people will do almost anything to get money to get more drugs. Much of the crime in this nation is a result of drug use. Lock up any dealer you find, small town to the big boys. Just my humble opinion.
concerned citizen January 16, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Well knew this guy and his sister in high school who also was in the house and got busted. He's been a user and dealer for the last 16 yrs. Nothing has stopped him so far. But at least everytime he gets busted more drugs are taken off the street. And isn't that the cops job to stop the drug dealers. So yes, i think that no matter what it cost the state to get him, at least the drugs are gone. And maybe just maybe one of these times he gets caught, he can get some real help to keep him off drugs. There are people who turn their lives around after doing drugs for years. One day that could be him. So i say good job to the cops for getting one more dealer off the street at least for a little while.
John Roberts January 17, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Users have scales also buddy...some like to see that their getting what they paid for..Aproof has been telling us that the harder heroin,marijuana,coke is to get a hold of the more people turn to synthetic chemicalized stuff like synthetic marijuana,hoofing paint,gas,and smoking,shooting up bath salts...we live in a chemical age and to remove what people have been using for years and years only introduces curiosity and creation of other drugs...
John Roberts January 17, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Forced treatment never works..saying is "you have to want to quit"the more he gets busted the less chance he has for a job and the more he will get busted for drug dealing...when you lock him up the people go else where to get the drugs and some times in places they do not belong and end up robbed and dead...

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