Chicago man arrested after picking up 8 pounds of marijuana

URBANA — A Chicago man is in police custody after he allegedly took custody of about 8 pounds of cannabis on the University of Illinois campus while police watched.

UI police Sgt. Joe McCullough said Daniel Wrestler, 28, was arrested about noon Wednesday in a UI parking lot in the 1000 block of West Illinois Street, Urbana, after he retrieved a box containing cannabis from a pickup truck.

McCullough said earlier in the week, police received information that a large box containing cannabis had been sent from another state through a parcel delivery service to a home in Urbana. Then, Wednesday, police learned that the box was going to be transferred to a pickup truck parked in the UI lot across the street from the Levis Faculty Center.

McCullough said officers were watching the lot when they saw a Toyota pull into the lot, leave, then circle the block for several minutes. The car pulled back in the lot and parked next to the pickup truck.

Officers saw Wrestler get out of the car, lift the cover off the bed of the pickup and transfer the box to his Toyota. Once that was done, police moved in and talked to Wrestler.

"Initially, he denied knowing what was in the box but ultimately he admitted he knew it contained cannabis, just not how much," McCullough said. "He admitted that he sold smaller amounts, like gram increments, but the total amount we found in the package was 3,600 grams."

Wrestler was charged Thursday with possession with intent to deliver cannabis, a Class 1 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison upon conviction.

Judge John Kennedy set his bond at $15,000 and ordered him to be back in court April 18.

McCullough said the case is still being investigated.
 

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Joe American wrote on February 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm

And whose pick-up truck was it in?

Mary Schenk wrote on February 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Don't have that information yet as the case is still being investigated.