VANDALIA — Police confiscated 64 pounds of marijuana and arrested two women this week at an Economy Inn in Vandalia.
The street value of the cannabis is estimated at “upwards of $350,000,” said Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray. Authorities think the two were traveling from California to Ohio.
Vandalia Police and Fayette County Sheriff’s Department responded to the case.
Christina Phaviseth, 20, of Redding, California and Joana Rebollar-Limon, 18, of Anderson, California appeared in Fayette County Circuit Court Thursday, where probable cause to detain them was found.
Bond was set at $75,000, and each was assigned a public defender. Their next hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 28.
The charges against each woman are two counts of manufacturing and delivery of cannabis of more than 5,000 grams; and cannabis trafficking of more than 5,000 grams, which are all Class X felonies.
Ray said a call about a disturbance at the Economy Inn, 1500 North Sixth St., came in at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and the investigation carried into Wednesday.
He said while the investigation unfolded the officers “smelled burnt cannabis,” which led to a search of their vehicle, a 2005 Ford Escape, where the cannabis was found in duffle bags.
The chief added that he’s never seen this amount of cannabis coming through Vandalia before.
Dawn Schabbing at [email protected] or 217-347-7151, ext. 138.