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Illinois State Police Seize Cannabis Valued Over $3.4 Million

ISP Star
Press Release Date: September 27, 2011    || Archived July 26, 2012

Two Separate Traffic Stops Lead to Seizures Totaling 743 pounds

MADISON COUNTY, IL – Illinois State Police, District 11, announced the results from two recent traffic stops that led to the seizure of 743 pounds of cannabis valued in excess of $3.4 million. District 11 Troopers stopped a silver Ford pickup August 29 on I-70 near Troy, IL, and located 633 pounds of cannabis. Weeks later, a grey Chevrolet SUV was stopped September 24 on I-70 near Marine, IL, and 110 pounds of cannabis was discovered.
“These seizures illustrate how routine traffic stops for the simplest traffic offenses can lead to a major arrest,” said District 11 Commander Captain Brad Parsons. “Troopers across the state are out there every day risking their lives and making traffic stops that lead to the arrest of drug traffickers and criminals wanted for violent and sexually motivated crimes that can harm innocent victims,” he continued.
Parsons added that on August 29, an ISP Trooper stopped the Ford pickup truck for improper lane usage and improper display of a license plate. During the traffic stop, the Trooper observed suspicious behavior from the driver. As a precaution, an ISP K-9 arrived on scene and positively alerted the presence of an illegal substance, and upon further investigation, 12 black duffle bags containing 633 pounds of cannabis was located in the bed of the truck. Arrested for cannabis trafficking was Tomlin Coleman, 41, of Lehigh Acres, Florida.
On September 24, an ISP Trooper stopped a grey Chevrolet SUV for an obstructed windshield. The female driver and male passenger both exhibited signs of suspicious behavior. Upon further investigation, two duffle bags containing 110 pounds of cannabis was located. Arrested for cannabis trafficking were Keeta Buchanan, 41, and James Quinn, 68, both of Middleton, Ohio,
“Crime across state lines has no boundaries, and illegal drug trafficking is just another example of how criminals ply their trade using their vehicles,” said Captain Parsons.  

Coleman was released after posting $25,000 bond. Buchanan and Quinn are still being held at the Madison County Jail. Buchanan is being held on $75,000 bond and Quinn is being held on $100,000 bond.

 Cannabis weighing 100 pounds
Cannabis weighing  100 pounds

Cannabis weighing 633 pounds
Cannabis weighing 633 pounds 


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