LITCHFIELD — Approximately one pound of methamphetamine headed from Mexico to northern Illinois was intercepted by authorities Monday evening on Interstate 55 near Litchfield.
The motorist is alleged to have been in possession of approximately one pound of methamphetamine when the car was stopped, according to the Illinois State Police District 18 in Litchfield.
“This is a large amount of methamphetamine, worth nearly $5,000 on the street,” Interim District 18 Commander Lt. Timothy Tyler said.
The vehicle was stopped by an Illinois State Police sergeant for a traffic violation. Because of signs of criminal activity, the sergeant requested an ISP canine unit to respond to the scene for a free air sniff. A canine unit and additional trooper arrived on scene. The canine had a positive alert on the vehicle and in the course of the investigation, drug paraphernalia was found along with the methamphetamine.
“There were several indicators of criminal activity which caused the sergeant to look beyond just the traffic stop,” Tyler said. “All our officers who worked on this stop are to be commended. Methamphetamine has destroyed, and continue to destroy, countless lives.”
The case is still under investigation and charges are pending.