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.
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