CHAMPAIGN — Three Texas men who allegedly had brownies laced with cannabis and other forms of cannabis in their car Thursday have been criminally charged.
Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said the charges against the trio stemmed from a traffic stop by Illinois State Police on Interstate 57 near Champaign about 10:15 a.m. Thursday.
A trooper pulled over the car for alleged traffic violations, she said, and learned that the driver, Marcus Malone, 20, of Southlake, Texas, was driving on a revoked license and had a previous cannabis-related arrest. She said the trooper also reported that Malone was acting nervous.
Malone admitted to the trooper there was hemp oil — a cannabis derivative — in the car, leading the trooper to search. In the trunk, he found a pan of brownies laced with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, as well as THC-laced individually wrapped candies. The trooper also found cannabis in the trunk and in the car and a digital scale, Carlson said.
The men said they were en route to a music festival in Michigan.
Also arrested were Laurence Jordan, 19, and Phillip Caldwell, 21, both of Highland Village, Texas.
All three were charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis, a Class 2 felony with penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison upon conviction.