The Local Drug Prosecution Support Unit of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor was created on May 1, 1988, with funding from a federal grant and Agency match monies. The State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor's Act, as amended, effective, January 1, 1988, charges the Agency with assisting the State's Attorneys with narcotics related prosecutions at their request. The Drug Unit fulfills this responsibility.
In FY15, the Local Drug Prosecution Support Unit consisted of two components:
District Drug Attorneys
- Ralph Fowler, Fourth/Fifth Districts
Priority County Component
Excluding counties receiving direct grant funding, the Agency contracted with the eleven counties having a high number of drug-related arrests to employ drug attorneys. These counties are:
- Rock Island
During FY15, the Local Drug Prosecution Support Unit assisted in opening 3,390 criminal cases and closing 2,851 criminal cases. In addition 410 cases were nolleprossed/not guilty. The Unit assisted in opening 1,037 civil cases and closing 802 cases. The closed cases resulted in the forfeiture of $1,040,762.39 in United States Currency and other assets valued at $1,459,964.88. We continued to see an increase of cases involving production, distribution, manufacturing, and importation of cocaine and cannabis. We are also experiencing massive increases in methamphetamine crimes. Heroin crimes are on the rise also. These include both MEG/Task Force and non-MEG/Task Force cases. Our MEG/Task Force cases are directly related to the activity and success of these units.
The current grant format of contractual and Agency drug attorneys has proven to be the most efficient and effective utilization of grant funds. It allows us to focus directly on counties needing full-time assistance and also to respond to other counties on an as-needed basis.