SPRINGFIELED, Ill. —
Illinois State Police say a routine traffic stop on Interstate 55 in Springfield has led to the seizure of more than a ton-and-a-half of marijuana.
Troopers say they found 311 bundles of marijuana weighing a total of 3,650 pounds early Wednesday morning in the trailer of a semi driven by a 28-year-old man from Donna, Texas. Officers say they pulled over the rig for improper lane usage shortly before 2 a.m., and the driver gave them permission to search his truck and trailer.
The told the (Springfield) State Journal-Register that a drug-sniffing dog led them to the marijuana, which has an estimated street value of $3.6 million.
The driver was being held Wednesday evening in the Sangamon County Jail, and it was not known if he had an attorney.
September 22, 2010
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Police say truck was hauling huge marijuana cargo