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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.