Judge Jeffrey O'Connor found probable cause in Henry County Circuit Court on Tuesday to believe a Jamaican-born man committed a cannabis-related felony.
During a preliminary hearing, State Trooper Sean Veryzer testified that he pulled over Euton O. Henry, 41, on I-80 about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 for driving 77 in a 70-mile per hour zone and having a windshield obstructed by two Christmas tree air fresheners and a GPS unit.
Mr. Henry is charged with felony cannabis trafficking, Class 1 felony possession with intent to deliver and Class 2 felony possession of cannabis.
The trooper said a K-9 alerted on the 2012 Chevy Malibu 11 to 12 minutes into the search, and officers found 10 1/2 pounds of duct-taped cannabis packages in three suitcases. A female passenger, Manwaring Williams, 42, waived a preliminary hearing.
Trooper Veryzer said he called for back-up because air fresheners are unusual in rental cars, the rental vehicle was due in Arizona the following day and they said they were headed to Connecticut, and Mr. Henry said they would be in Connecticut for two to three weeks but his passenger said it was two to three days.
Judge O'Connor denied a motion to reduce Mr. Henry's bond from $100,000, noting he has out-of-country roots and is transient in that he has alternated residences in Arizona and Connecticut in the last two years for work.
Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.