Three Texans charged after cannabis found in car

Three Texans charged after cannabis found in car

CHAMPAIGN — Three Texas men who allegedly had brownies laced with cannabis and other forms of cannabis in their car Thursday have been criminally charged.

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said the charges against the trio stemmed from a traffic stop by Illinois State Police on Interstate 57 near Champaign about 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

A trooper pulled over the car for alleged traffic violations, she said, and learned that the driver, Marcus Malone, 20, of Southlake, Texas, was driving on a revoked license and had a previous cannabis-related arrest. She said the trooper also reported that Malone was acting nervous.

Malone admitted to the trooper there was hemp oil — a cannabis derivative — in the car, leading the trooper to search. In the trunk, he found a pan of brownies laced with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, as well as THC-laced individually wrapped candies. The trooper also found cannabis in the trunk and in the car and a digital scale, Carlson said.

The men said they were en route to a music festival in Michigan.

Also arrested were Laurence Jordan, 19, and Phillip Caldwell, 21, both of Highland Village, Texas.

All three were charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis, a Class 2 felony with penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison upon conviction.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on June 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

They are lucky that they got caught in Illinois rather than back home in Texas.  Is Willie Nelson playing at the Michigan music festival?

rsp wrote on June 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I'm questioning the call that they were for delivery. I'm thinking they were just in 100- calorie packs. It's about portion control not sales. With the down economy everyone has to budget even with snacks for concerts and festivals. And why should the scale have anything to do with it? I have two scales. You can buy them almost anywhere. 

drewbert41 wrote on June 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

To law enforcement a scale is automatically a conspiracy for distrubution.

A scale with any amount of dope nearby is grounds for intent to distribute.

Prob were gunna go sell all their edibles at the concert.

rsp wrote on June 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Lots of people have scales to make sure they get what they are buying. People who have never sold and never would. Same with having baggies. I think unless they can show there is actually selling going going on it's an overreach. I have baggies and scales in my house right now. The wrong guest and I'm a dealer. 

billbtri5 wrote on June 30, 2012 at 9:06 am

this is  Champaign County,  they're gonna walk.....

Sid Saltfork wrote on June 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I am curious.  What do they do with people put on probation in one state when they live in another state?  Do they assign the probation to the home state?  Can people who are put on probation in one state be allowed to leave that state?  How do they handle that?  I have been to Texas.  As far as I am concerned; the whole state should be put on probation, and not allowed to leave the state.  

e-man wrote on June 30, 2012 at 10:06 pm
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Good job ISP you busted some major criminals! ..Not.