(KMOV.com) -- Illinois State Police seized 743 pounds of cannabis in two separate traffic stops along Interstate 70 in Madison County.
On August 29th, Illinois State Troopers stopped a silver Ford pickup on I-70 near Troy, Illinois and discovered 633 pounds of cannabis. About a month later a gray Chevrolet SUV was stopped and officers found 110 pounds of cannabis. All together, police say the street value would amount to $3.4 million.
"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."
Parsons added that on August 29th, an Illinois State Trooper stopped the Ford pickup truck for improper lane usage and improper display of a license plate. During the stop, the trooper observed suspicious behavior from the driver.
As a precaution, and ISP K-9 unit was alerted and arrived on the scene. The K-9 positively alerted the presense 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.
Officers arrested the driver, Tomlin Coleman, 41, from Lehigh Acres, Florida.
Separately, on September 24th, a trooper stopped a grey Chevrolet SUV for an obstructed windshield. The female driver and male passenger both exhibited signs of suspicious behavior. When the trooper searched the vehicle, two duffle bags with 110 pounds of cannabis was found. Keeta Buchanan, 41, and James Quinn, 68, both of Middleton, Ohio were arrested.
“Crime across state lines has no boundaries and illegal drug trafficking is just another example of how criminals play 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.