Trooper Stops Suspicious Driver on I-70, finds 72 Pounds of Pot orth $359K
An Illinois State Police trooper’s suspicions about a California man driving on Interstate 70 near Highland resulted in the discovery Thursday of 72 pounds of marijuana.
Police estimated the dope’s street value at $359,000.
Trooper Mike Link, spokesman for ISP District 11 based in Collinsville, gave the following account:
In the trunk of the car, police found three black duffle bags containing the marijuana.
The driver, 27-year-old Thomas A. Debakker Jr., of Aptos, Calif., was arrested on a charge of cannabis trafficking. He was being held Friday in the Madison County Jail with bail set at $200,000.
ISP Capt. Brad Parsons said the discovery is the third by ISP troopers in the past three months in which a major drug arrest resulted from a simple traffic violation.
“These three traffic stops alone have led to the seizure of 815 pounds of cannabis worth almost $4 million,” Parsons said.
On Aug. 29 and again on Sept. 24, troopers stopped vehicles for traffic violations that resulted in the discovery of a combined 743 pounds of cannabis worth $3.4 million.