CAMBRIDGE -- Henry County Circuit Court Judge Charles "Casey" Stengel on Monday found probable cause to believe Brandon L. Simpson, 29, of South Bend, Ind., committed felony drug offenses.|
Illinois State Police Trooper Andrew Fratzke testified at a preliminary hearing Monday that he stopped an eastbound vehicle on Interstate 80 on Wednesday for going 70 miles per hours in a 65 mph zone. The driver, Brandon Simpson, and a passenger said they were going from Omaha to Indiana. The rental contract, however, had expired two days earlier and said the vehicle was en route to Arkansas, the trooper testified.
Trooper Fratzke said he walked his dog around the vehicle, and the dog alerted between a rear tire and the fender. A search of the trunk yielded a garbage bag with eight pounds of marijuana, he testified.
The passenger had a bag with his name on it containing six grams of marijuana that he admitted was his. He was not charged with a felony. The trooper also found an electronic scale with pot residue on it and magazines and receipts from the Durango, Colo., area.
On Thursday, Mr. Simpson was charged with Class 1 felony cannabis trafficking, Class 1 felony possession with intent to deliver and Class 1 felony possession of cannabis. He posted $10,000 bail on Friday.A pretrial hearing is set for Feb. 14.