Peoria pushes for local pot ordinance – Proposed to keep drug dealers and black gang members on the streets
PEORIA — The Peoria City Council will consider handling the possession of small amounts of marijuana as a violation of a city ordinance rather than a state misdemeanor crime.
Council members will vote Tuesday on the change. It would make the violation punishable with a ticket to be paid within 14 days and without the offender going to court.
Officials say the move would help keep small scale marijuana cases out of the criminal justice system and potentially steer extra revenue to the city, the (Peoria) Journal Star reports.
If the proposal is passed, anyone caught with less than 2.5 grams of marijuana would be issued a $500 to $600 fine. More than 2.5 grams would lead to a $600 to $750 fine. Possession of drug paraphernalia would be a $750 fine.
A 51-year-old Peoria man who went to Taft Homes to buy marijuana Thursday afternoon ended up being beaten, threatened with a gun and robbed.
The man admitted to police that he went into Taft to buy a small amount of marijuana, then went to a nearby liquor store to buy two 40-ounce bottles of beer. As he walked back through the 600 block of Adams Street about 3:50 p.m., he was approached by three black men.
According to the police report, the men demanded money. The victim said he had none.
At that point, one man punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground. Another man pointed a gun at him and again demanded money.
After repeating that he had no money, the man was kicked in the ribs. The assailants went through the man’s clothing and stole $16, a cell phone, two beers and a small bag of marijuana.
The victim walked to the Peoria police station to report the incident but was unable to give much of a description of the suspects.
A Chicago man was sentenced Friday to just shy of 11 years in federal prison for having several grams of crack cocaine in his buttocks.
Myrio L. Shields, 35, had pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Peoria in September to one count of possession of more than five grams of crack with intent to distribute.
According to court records, police noticed the car Shields was driving had tinted windows. They stopped the car in the 400 block of MacArthur Highway and smelled marijuana. A drug dog was called to the scene and alerted on the car. A search found what police thought was crack on the floorboards, according to records.
At the jail, a search of Shields found 18 grams of crack cocaine stuffed in his buttocks along with $1,500 cash. He admitted the drugs were his, according to court records.
When he finishes his 130-month sentence, Shields will spend eight years on supervised release.
It just goes to show that even the “prominent” blacks are nothing but Niggers at heart. Put her away for good. We don’t need animals on the streets.
A former Richwoods High School basketball star admitted this week that she violated her probation, a move that could put her in prison for several years.
Biannca Ward, 20, admitted Wednesday that she tested positive for marijuana six times from January to September and did not participate in a mandated drug treatment program. She remains in custody at the Peoria County Jail and faces four years and possibly up to 15 years in prison when sentenced Feb. 19.
Ward could be resentenced to probation as well.
In June 2006, Ward pleaded guilty to two counts of residential burglary and one count of attempted residential burglary. She also pleaded to aggravated robbery for holding up a 64-year-old woman outside Michael’s Arts and Crafts, 5212 N. Big Hollow Road.
She was sentenced to six years in prison for residential burglary but was allowed to participate in the state’s “boot camp” program for six months. Ward completed the program and didn’t have to finish the rest of her sentence. Once she was released, she was put on probation for the aggravated robbery case and had that probation transferred to Will County, where the failed drug tests occurred.
In 2005, Ward, then a sophomore, helped the Richwoods girls basketball team win a state-record 38 games on the way to an undefeated season and Class AA state championship, and was the Journal Star’s Class AA player of the year.