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Decatur traffic stop yields seizure of $9,000 worth of cannabis, police say

Decatur traffic stop yields seizure of $9,000 worth of cannabis, police say


DECATUR — A Decatur traffic stop and a police dog’s nose led to a man’s arrest and the seizure of cannabis valued at more than $9,000, police said.

A sworn affidavit said the drugs — more than 2 pounds of cannabis — was found in a van the Macon County Sheriff’s Office had pulled over Wednesday afternoon on Illinois 48 at North Brush College Road.

A sworn affidavit from detective Jonathan Roseman, assigned to the Decatur Police Street Crimes Unit, said detective Chad Larner deployed his K-9 partner Leeroy Jenkins after the van had been stopped for running a stop sign.

“Leeroy Jenkins conducted a free air sniff ... and alerted to the presence of illegal drug odors ...” Roseman said in the affidavit.

He said the drugs were found inside the van and the 54-year-old driver was arrested on a preliminary charge of the manufacture/delivery of cannabis. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.

Roseman said the driver told police the drugs belonged to him. Roseman said the man has previous charges out of Kankakee County relating to drug trafficking and possession.

The man remained held in the Macon County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $75,000 bond. He is due to be arraigned Oct. 4.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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