DECATUR — The keen nose of Leeroy Jenkins, a Decatur police dog, led detectives to intercept two Springfield men on their way to Decatur to distribute crack cocaine, a sworn affidavit said.
The K-9 dog’s handler, detective Chad Larner, said police zeroed in on the men's car for a series of traffic infractions Wednesday along Interstate 72 as it headed into Decatur.
Once the vehicle was pulled over, Larner said he deployed Leeroy Jenkins who “conducted a free air sniff around the vehicle” and alerted to the presence of drugs.
“A probable cause search of the (car) led to the discovery of one clear plastic package containing suspected cocaine base ‘crack,’” Larner said in the affidavit. He said the drug field tested positive, and the men, ages 34 and 40, told him they had paid $1,400 for one ounce of the drug from a supplier in Springfield.
The men were booked into the Macon County Jail on preliminary charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and the manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Both men remained in custody Thursday night in lieu of $100,000 bond each. They are due in court on July 26.