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DECATUR — Police said they found a Decatur man suspected of dealing drugs while he was sitting in a car early Wednesday with 46 grams of cannabis bagged up. He said he planned to smoke the drug with the 16-year-old girl sitting in the front seat with him. 

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police said the 20-year-old man told police the drug was for his own use and a digital scale he had on board was so he could weigh personal amounts.

But Officer Philip Ganley said the man’s pockets were stuffed with more than $570 in cash, mostly consisting of $20 bills. “Due to my training and experience as a police officer, I know the $20 bill to be the most frequently used denomination in street narcotics sales,” Ganley added in the affidavit.

Police had earlier come upon the man’s vehicle just after midnight while it was parked in the 1700 block of West Packard Street. Ganley said he smelled a strong odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle. 

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He described a 28-gram batch of cannabis being found in one bag tucked under the driver’s seat while the girl carried another bag filled with 18 grams of the drug. “(She) later advised in a Mirandized interview that the bag of suspected cannabis was in the vehicle when she got in it and (the man) told her to hold the bag once police arrived,” said Ganley.

The man was booked on preliminary charges of both the possession and delivery of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Paperwork on any charges facing the girl had not been processed as of Wednesday afternoon. Macon County Jail records show the man is free having posted $5,000 bond; prosecutors had asked for bond to be set at $10,000.


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

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