Traffic stop on I-72 leads to two arrests

Traffic stop on I-72 leads to two arrests

MONTICELLO — A traffic stop on Interstate 72 led to the arrests of two Decatur men on drug charges.

According to a Piatt County sheriff’s office report, a sheriff’s deputy pulled over a westbound car traveling 69 mph at mile marker 167 northeast of Monticello at 12:39 a.m. Tuesday.

When the deputy reached the vehicle, he detected the smell of raw marijuana.

The deputy ordered both occupants out of the car and searched them. The deputy found a large plastic bag that contained eight smaller plastic bags. The bag contained more than 8.85 ounces of suspected marijuana. The deputy also found $2,650 cash in the vehicle’s glove compartment.

The officer arrested the driver, Cornelius D. Carr, 26, and the passenger, Corey L. Vinson, 26, who both listed Decatur addresses, for manufacture with the intent to deliver marijuana.

Carr was also ticketed for speeding.

They are both being held at the Piatt County Jail on $200,000 bond.

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rsp wrote on February 06, 2013 at 7:02 pm

for manufacture with the intent to deliver marijuana

How do you manufacture raw marijuana? I know how you do other things with it, but make it raw? It grows that way. I think they have confused it with processed. Lots of ways to do that. 

SaintClarence27 wrote on February 08, 2013 at 8:02 am

I assume it has to do with how they separated it out - several baggies.

wayward wrote on February 06, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Kind of interesting that they got pulled over for only being 4 mph over the speed limit.  Seems like most people have to be at least 5-10 over before the cops stop them.  Is Piatt County running a speed trap there, or was there something about the car or drivers that stood out?

JRR wrote on February 06, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Even the most trivial defect like a burnt-out rear license lamp or even slight speeding gives the police justification to pull over the car. 

On rare occasion, I have been stopped for speed slightly over the limit, and once my license, registration, and clean record checked out, I was left to go about my merry way.

But every so often, the police make a routine traffic stop and find it more fruitful than expected, because people who run drugs aren't always brilliant enough to make sure the condition of their vehicle and their driving behavior aren't an open invitation for a traffic stop.

This may have been a case where the police officer saw something that aroused his instinct and due to the vehicle's speed had the probable cause to make a traffic stop. Or the speed violation could have been the sole trigger for the traffic stop. Sometimes these stops are more interesting for what else they may uncover, and the minor speed violation gives the police the opportunity to do just that.

buster4236 wrote on February 07, 2013 at 3:02 am

Wayward, you should observe your speed from the Champaign/Piatt county line to mile marker 156.

dsg73 wrote on February 07, 2013 at 8:02 am

Proof of the old saying the even a broken clock is right twice a day...piatt county police and even monticello police have run a very profitable speed trap through this area for years.  Leave the interstates to the state police, and mind the more pressing business in your county/village!

Importantlocalopinion wrote on February 07, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Let them go. Waste of taxpayer's money to put them in jail for a couple years for marijuana. We need to prioritize where our taxes go.