Roadside bathroom break nets drug charges for Tennessee duo

Roadside bathroom break nets drug charges for Tennessee duo

SEYMOUR — Two men from Tennessee who stopped in rural Seymour for a bathroom break in a farm field were arrested Wednesday after police found suitcases with several pounds of cannabis in their car.

A report from the Illinois State Police said just before 2 p.m. Wednesday a trooper who was off duty in an unmarked squad car noticed a Dodge Charger parked in the middle of County Road 300 E just south of Illinois 10. He could see one man urinating in an adjacent field as cars drove by.

When the trooper approached, he also noticed open alcohol containers dropped on the side of the road.

He stopped to talk to Justin Falk, 26, and Christopher Kesler, 27, both of Memphis, about the down side of urinating in public and littering when he smelled burned cannabis coming from the car.

The two men told the trooper they were on their way from Michigan to Florida and were taking a bathroom break.

After the trooper asked about the smell of burned cannabis, Kesler handed over about 2 grams of cannabis from the glove box. The trooper also saw a nitrous oxide container on the back seat.

A uniformed trooper arrived to assist, searched the car and found two suitcases in the trunk containing large bags that had a total of about 5 pounds of cannabis.

Both men initially denied ownership of the bags but Falk eventually admitted the suitcases were his.

Both were charged Thursday with possession with intent to deliver cannabis and possession of cannabis.

If convicted of the intent to deliver charge, they face penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison.

Judge Brett Olmstead arraigned the pair, set their bond at $5,000 each and allowed them to be able to travel to Tennessee. They were told to be back in court July 11.

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Bystander wrote on May 19, 2017 at 7:05 am
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Probation, next,...

lcoil79 wrote on May 19, 2017 at 7:05 am

No, no, no.  This is Champaign County, remember?  Gun crime = Probation, Pot = 15 yrs prison.

champaign61821 wrote on May 19, 2017 at 8:05 am

Were they allowed to travel out of state because they are white? Or, are judges actually going lighter on cannabis charges? I'm guessing not the latter, because 5 pounds is quite a lot.

HilbertHiller wrote on May 19, 2017 at 9:05 am

I have to give the two men credit for attempting to urinate in an open field with the wind conditions of Wednesday afternoon!