TAYLORVILLE — Police say two people were arrested after an officer seized 41 packages of what is suspected to be synthetic marijuana during a traffic stop Monday afternoon.
Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile said the officer initiated the stop about 3 p.m. He said in a phone interview that the stop took place in the city near Illinois 29 and Illinois 104.
The driver, a 33-year-old woman, and her passenger, a 53-year-old man, face preliminary charges of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, police said. Hile said the drug charges are pending the results of a Illinois State Police crime lab chemical analysis of the 41 packages.
The release said the woman was arrested on an outstanding Christian County warrant. A representative of the Christian County Correctional Center said she was released on that charge Monday. The release said the man was released from police custody pending the investigation.
The use of synthetic marijuana, commonly known as K2 or Spice, has been linked as the apparent cause of three deaths and several hospitalizations in the Chicago area and Central Illinois since March 7.