State and Piatt County Sheriff’s police arrested six people after three separate traffic stops in January, one of which resulted in more than 60 pounds of cannabis being confiscated.
Charges in the three cases, which prosecutors feel are unrelated, range from Class X felony drug charges down to Class B misdemeanors of possession of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis.
Three people were arrested by Illinois State Police after a traffic stop Jan. 10 near on Interstate 74 near mile marker 166 in Piatt County. After the odor of cannabis was detected, a canine unit was called to the scene, which police say led to the discovery of 36 pounds of cannabis.
Arrested were Jennifer Kraus, 30, of Lakeport, California; Rico A. Thomas, 37, of Cleveland, Ohio; and Jessica E. Strater, 24, of Athens, Ohio.
Piatt County Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Dobson said Thomas, who was the driver of the black Acadia vehicle that was stopped, “indicated that the three had loaded up the cannabis at defendant Kraus’ residence in California and were heading to Ohio with the cannabis.”
All three were charged in Piatt County with cannabis trafficking, a class X “super X” charge that can lead to extended sentences of up to 60 years in prison; unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis, another class X offense punishable by six to 30 years in prison; and unlawful possession of cannabis of more than 5,000 grams, a class 1 felony.
In court appearances on Jan. 12, bond was set at $500,000 each. All were arraigned Jan. 17 with trials set for April 3.
Bond was also set for $500,000 for James Crisp, 67, of Fallon, Nevada. He was stopped on Interstate 74 on Jan. 11, and state police say 63 bags of cannabis, each weighing one to two