California man arrested for marijuana trafficking in Champaign County

California man arrested for marijuana trafficking in Champaign County

URBANA — A California man is due back in court on Jan. 29 following his arrest for marijuana trafficking in Champaign County.

Cary Kallembach, 47, who listed an address in Oroville, Calif., formerly of Urbana, pleaded innocent on Wednesday to unlawful marijuana trafficking.

If convicted of the Class X felony, Kallembach faces 12 to 60 years in prison.

According to a police report, on Nov. 26, Champaign County sheriff’s deputies did a court-ordered search of a Champaign apartment. They found 19.1 pounds of suspected marijuana, 0.37 ounces (10.6 grams) of suspected cocaine and two digital scales, according to the report.

The resident told police that he had been selling marijuana. He said his dealer fronted him the marijuana and that he owed the dealer $40,000 for it. He told police that the dealer was supposed to return close to Christmas to pick up his money and to bring more marijuana.

When Kallembach showed up at the man’s home Monday, police were there waiting to arrest him. While Kallembach did not bring any marijuana with him, he said he was there to get his money, police said.

Kallembach admitted coming from California to collect drug debts and to providing marijuana to the resident in the past. He also said he expected to make thousands of dollars from providing marijuana.

Kallembach was released from the Champaign County Jail after posting 10 percent of a $100,000 bond.

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ilpatriot wrote on January 02, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Forgot to buy his Tax stamps.

Illinois Imposes a Tax on Illegal Drug DealersAP
Published: January 07, 1988


Illinois has imposed a tax on marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs but expects most of the revenue from the new law to come from stamp collectors.

The law requires dealers in illegal drugs to purchase tax stamps, displaying either a marijuana leaf with a slash through it or a skull and crossbones, and to affix them to drug packages.

The stamps cost $5 a gram for marijuana, $250 a gram for other drugs and $2,000 for each dose of drugs not sold by weight.

However, no drug dealers bought stamps when they went on sale Monday, said Helen Adorjan of the state Department of Revenue. She thinks stamp collectors will be the most frequent buyers, although they would have to pay the same price as a drug dealer. Employees Buy Stamps

Verenda Smith of the Illinois Department of Revenue said that although no drug dealers purchased the tax stamps, two employees of the agency who worked on the legislation bought $5 stamps.


rsp wrote on January 02, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I think the tax is too high. Why hasn't the tea party taken care of this?