I-57 traffic stop nets cocaine cache

PESOTUM — Two men were arrested late Friday after an Illinois state trooper found about 4 ounces of cocaine in the car they were in.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said a trooper on Interstate 57 near Pesotum saw a car pull in a turnaround reserved for emergency vehicles. He stopped the car just before 11 p.m.

The trooper could smell cannabis and learned that the driver, Michael Todd Williams, 40, of Cairo, was driving on a suspended license.  His passenger, Cornelius Dean, 48, of Chicago, was wanted on an arrest warrant from Coles County.

Both men were arrested and a search of the car turned up two bags of cocaine weighing about 4.4 ounces (128 grams), Rietz said. Williams also had cannabis in his pocket.

Both men were booked into the Champaign County Jail early Saturday morning and were being held on a preliminary charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Both were expected to be formally charged Tuesday.

 

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