TUSCOLA — A Moultrie County judge Tuesday ordered three California men held on $1 million bond each after their arrests Monday night in northern Douglas County for hauling more than two tons of cannabis from Texas.
Douglas County State’s Attorney Kevin Nolan said preliminary information he received from Illinois State Police at Pesotum is that a trooper made a stop of a semi-trailer tractor truck on Interstate 57 northbound north of Tuscola about 8:30 p.m.
“There was a log book violation and a consent to search,” Nolan said, adding that the district’s drug-sniffing dog alerted and troopers found 4,400 pounds of cannabis tucked among crates of vegetables.
“That’s a record for me,” said Nolan, who has been in office six years and is no stranger to interstate drug busts. “My previous big ones have been about 200 pounds.”
Nolan said the probable cause affidavit he received from troopers listed the amount as 1,999,995 grams of cannabis. There were about 270 shrink-wrapped bundles, Nolan said.
Nolan said the trio, Jesus Guzman, 31, Eric Cabrera, 35, and Joshua Cornillez, 32, from the Livingston, Calif. area, gave statements to police indicating they had started their trip in San Antonio and Dallas and were headed to Chicago.
Judge Chris Freese set bond at $1 million each and ordered the trio back in court Feb. 23.
Nolan said he needs reports from state troopers before deciding exactly what charges to file but said it would likely be cannabis trafficking, which carries a prison term of 12 to 60 years upon conviction for that amount.