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posted: 8/1/2013 6:30 PM

New drug charges lodged against Arlington Hts. man

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An Arlington Heights man arrested last month on drug and domestic battery charges appeared in a Rolling Meadows courtroom Thursday to face new drug-related charges.

Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie set bail at $50,000 for James Bushell, of the 1700 block of North Walnut. The charges against him include possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Bushell's legal troubles began July 4 with a report of domestic violence, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Maureen McGee. The mother of Bushell's accuser went into his car, with his permission, to look for her daughter's cellphone and discovered a large plastic bag containing 34 grams of cannabis, McGee said.

Bushell faces misdemeanor possession of cannabis and domestic battery charges in that case.

On July 5, Arlington Heights police responded to a call about one block away from where the domestic violence call came from the previous day, McGee said. Officers recovered a large bag with two smaller bags inside, one containing 34 grams of ecstas and the other containing 454 grams of cannabis, McGee said. That discovery led to the new charges, including possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

Marisie ordered Bushell to submit to a drug-monitoring program, a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew and to have no contact with his accuser or her family.

Bushell next appears in court on Aug. 26.

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