An Alton man was charged Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
Police identified the suspect as Paul E. Lunsford, 19, of the 3200 block of Belle Street, Alton.
At 1:30 a.m. Thursday, July 31, a sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle on Godfrey Road, near Homer M. Adams Parkway, for a registration-related offense. The deputy identified Keyjwan Hendrix, 19, of the 3200 block of Belle Street, Alton, as the driver and Lunsford as the passenger.
During the stop, the deputy detected the odor of cannabis emanating from the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery and seizure of 10 small bags of cannabis weighing 10 to 30 grams, and a live .22-caliber bullet. The deputy linked the cannabis to Lunsford and the bullet to Hendrix. Both subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail.
Hendrix was charged with one misdemeanor charge of possession of firearm ammunition without a requisite FOID, and issued two traffic citations for operating a motor vehicle with registration plates suspended for no insurance, and driving while license suspended. Lunsford was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The felony warrant and information on Lunsford was signed by the Judge James Hackett, who set Lunsford’s bond at $20,000.