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, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.