Danville man arrested after trooper finds 2 pounds of pot in car

Danville man arrested after trooper finds 2 pounds of pot in car

URBANA — A Danville man stopped for speeding ended up being charged with a drug-related felony after a trooper found almost 2 pounds of cannabis in his car.

Champaign County Judge John Kennedy told Michael Halls, 31, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Giddings, to be back in court June 12 on a Class 2 felony charge of possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

Assistant State's Attorney Lora Keller said an Illinois State trooper stopped Halls for speeding on Interstate 74 easbound near St. Joseph about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The trooper noted the strong odor of cannabis coming from the car. A search turned up 871 grams (1.9 pounds) of it and $1,623 cash.

Keller said Halls had a 2007 conviction out of Oklahoma for distribution of a controlled substance.

Assistant Public Defender Mike Anderson said Halls has a job in Champaign and supports two children.

Kennedy set his bond at $15,000. If convicted, he faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

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