Seat belt traffic stop brings drug arrest
URBANA — An Urbana man stopped for not wearing a seat belt is in police custody for allegedly possessing several ounces of cannabis.
Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said an officer on patrol about 5 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Florida Avenue and Cottage Grove saw a man not wearing a seat belt and pulled the car over.
Noticing strong odors of cologne and cannabis, the officer searched the man and found $267 cash in his pants pocket. The officer also found about 2 ounces of cannabis in a box in the car, Morgan said.
Police arrested Kyle Pickens, 35, of the 1200 block of Clifford Drive.
They then went to his home to inform his father of the arrest and were given permission to search Pickens' room.
Morgan said they found about four additional ounces of cannabis and about $1,300 cash in a bottle that had a hidden compartment in the bottom.
Pickens was expected to be formally charged Thursday afternoon.