URBANA — A Chicago woman with about 11 pounds of what police describe as "high grade" cannabis in her car has been criminally charged in Champaign County Circuit Court.
Loraine McCray, 47, was arraigned Tuesday on a single count of possession with intent to deliver cannabis alleging that she had almost 5,000 grams, or just under 11 pounds, of cannabis in the trunk of her car.
Illinois State Police Lt. John Wenzel said McCray was driving a car east on Interstate 74 about 2:37 p.m. Monday when a trooper noticed her windshield was obstructed and she was improperly using the passing lane.
Wenzel said when the trooper stopped the car near Lincoln Avenue, McCray exhibited "extreme nervousness" and refused to let the trooper search the car. A drug-sniffing dog was nearby and came to the car. Wenzel said the dog alerted, giving police cause to look in the trunk.
"They found 11 pounds of high-grade cannabis, vacuum sealed in a duffle bag and a backpack in the trunk," Wenzel said.
A male passenger with McCray was not arrested. She claimed the drugs were all hers, Wenzel said.
Wenzel said McCray told a trooper she was headed to Danville or Memphis.
If convicted of the Class 1 felony, McCray faces penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison.
McCray is being held on $100,000 bond and is due back in court Feb. 28 with an attorney.