Nearly a pound of heroin headed from Chicago to St. Louis on Interstate 55 was intercepted by state police near Litchfield last Tuesday.
The motorist, who is from the Chicago area, was stopped by a state trooper for speeding, and was found to allegedly be in possession of 439 grams of heroin and 42 grams of cannabis. The trooper making the stop became suspicious when the man allegedly threw something out of the window while allegedly fleeing the police. A K9 unit was requested from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
State police officials say that’s a large amount of heroin for the central Illinois area, worth nearly $44,000 on the street.
The driver faces charges of alleged possession of heroin, possession of cannabis 30 to 500 grams, speeding 11 to 14 mph over the limit, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer and failure to signal when required. If convicted, he faces up to a maximum of 40 years in prison.