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DECATUR — A 27-year-old man from Kelseyville, California, faces a drug trafficking charge after police said he brought hundreds of pills, that are a controlled substance for which he did not have a prescription, into Illinois while traveling to Maryland. 

Graham N. Bazell was arrested Friday on preliminary charges of controlled substance trafficking and manufacture/delivery between 100 to 400 grams of a controlled substance. Trafficking in a controlled substance is a Class X felony. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 

A signed police affidavit said Bazell's car was pulled over by Decatur detectives for improper lane usage at 1:15 p.m. near mile marker 128 on eastbound Interstate 72. K-9 Leeroy Jenkins was deployed to conduct an air sniff around the vehicle and alerted police to the presence of drugs, the affidavit said.

A probable cause search of Bazell's vehicle found 731 pills of prescription methylphenidate, a Schedule II controlled substance that is sold under the brand name Ritalin; four tabs of LSD; and about 3 grams of field-tested positive cannabis, the affidavit said. The street value of the prescription pills is about $8,740, the affidavit said. 

During an interview with police, Bazell said he obtained the pills from a friend in California and did not have a prescription for them, the affidavit said. Bazell was held in the Macon County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond Monday. If he does not post bond, he is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.


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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR

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