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. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.