Illinois police officers arrested a man on April 17 after they caught him transporting large bags containing up to 83 pounds of cannabis and other related items.
Marion Police Department officers made the arrest while conducting a routine traffic stop on a vehicle exceeding the speed limit in a construction zone on the I-57.
After exiting the interstate, the vehicle came to a stop at the West Main Street and Comfort Drive intersection, where officers engaged in conversation with the driver.
While talking to the driver, officers noticed a large plastic bag in the back of the vehicle that appeared to contain cannabis. Upon investigation, police discovered three large bags weighing 82.9 pounds of cannabis, 30 bottles of THC syrup and 40 vape pens.
It is illegal in the state to possess over five grams of cannabis for transport.
The driver, identified was arrested for the manufacture/delivery of cannabis, cannabis trafficking, driving while license revoked or suspended and speeding in a construction zone. He was taken to the Williamson County Jail, where he is currently awaiting a court appearance.
The police reminded the public that in order to legally transport cannabis in Illinois, residents over the age of 21 are allowed to possess up to five grams of cannabis concentrate, as many as 500 milligrams of THC-infused products and 30 grams of cannabis flower.
The product must be stored in a sealed, odor-proof, child-proof container and obtained from an authorized dispensary. Non-residents of Illinois are allowed to hold half of those amounts while in the state.