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DECATUR — Police intercepted a rental car traveling on Interstate 72 near Decatur on Tuesday afternoon and said it held three suitcases packed with 50 pounds of cannabis with a street value of more than $550,000.

The vehicle’s driver, Travis N. Marley Jr., 28, was arrested on a preliminary charge of manufacture/delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, a Class X felony. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney's office.

Writing in a sworn statement detailing the arrest, Decatur police detective Chad Larner said Marley told police he was traveling from the Chicago area to St. Louis.

“Marley maintained he had no knowledge of the suitcases being present inside of the vehicle,” Larner said.

The detective said Marley’s vehicle had initially been pulled over for several traffic violations, and the detective’s K-9 partner, Leeroy Jenkins, conducted a “free air sniff” and alerted to the presence of drugs.

Marley remained in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday night in lieu of posting $300,000 bond. He is due to be arraigned Jan. 17.


Staff Writer

Courts and public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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