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DECATUR — A 34-year-old man is facing a preliminary drug charge after Macon County sheriff's deputies said they found 2½ pounds of cocaine in his vehicle during a traffic stop Monday.

Charles H. Drain of Westchester was traveling west on Interstate 72 near mile post 152 in Macon County at 11:30 a.m., when deputies stopped his vehicle for not adhering to Scott's Law, which requires vehicles to proceed with caution or change lanes when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle along a roadway, a sworn affidavit said.

Drain "nervously" told detectives he was traveling to Decatur to visit his grandmother for her birthday, the affidavit said, and continued to make inconsistent statements about his plans.

While deputies were completing a written warning, sheriff's K-9 MACO was deployed to perform a free-air sniff of Drain's rental car, the affidavit said. The K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs, providing probable cause for a search, the affidavit said.

The affidavit said Drain told deputies the only thing in his trunk was a gift for his grandmother, but detectives searched the bag and found a vacuum-sealed package consistent with illegal narcotics.

The package weighed 1.159 kilograms, about 2½ pounds, and field-tested positive for cocaine, the affidavit said. Drain was booked into the Macon County Jail on a preliminary charge of manufacture/delivery of more than 900 grams of cocaine. He remained in jail in lieu of $500,000 bond. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.


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Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. 

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