PIERRON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – On Wednesday, Illinois State Police arrested two Ohio residents and seized nearly $800,000 worth of cocaine during a traffic stop on Interstate 70.
District 11 Commander Brad Parsons said the seizure happened around 8:40 a.m.
Parsons reported an Illinois State Police trooper stopped a white SUV for speeding and following too closely. Upon further investigation, the trooper was led to believe there were drugs in the vehicle. As a precaution, a K-9 unit was dispatched to the scene. The K-9 gave a positive alert of an illegal substance in the couple’s vehicle.
A search of the SUV revealed seven cellophane-wrapped bundles containing approximately 7.9 kilograms of cocaine. Police said the drugs have an estimated street value of $790,000.
“We’re out there every day looking beyond the traffic stop,” said Captain Parsons. “If we didn’t take the time look beyond the stop we wouldn’t be able to remove guns, drugs, and criminals off of Illinois roadways. We don’t want someone’s driving behavior or a criminal act to keep you from arriving at your destination safely,” he continued.
The 24-year-old female driver and her 28-year-old male passenger, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, were arrested for drug trafficking. They are both being held at the Madison County Jail pending formal charges.