A Springfield, Ill., man was charged Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz said in a press release.
Police identified the man as Daniel Clark Vassar, 23, of the 1700 block of South Second Street.
In a related case, an Alton man was charged Tuesday with a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams). That man is identified as Ryan Lamoure Hubbard, 28, of the 800 block of Spruce Street.
On Monday, April 21, at about 10 p.m., a Madison County sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with no rear registration plate lamp on Homer Adams Parkway at Grovelin Street in Godfrey.
The deputy made contact with the driver, Hubbard, and Vassar, who was sitting in the front passenger seat. The deputy noted a strong odor of cannabis coming from inside the vehicle’s passenger compartment. Based on the smell, the deputy searched the vehicle and found a clear plastic bag containing an off-white rock-like substance lying on the floorboard. The rock-like items were later confirmed as crack cocaine. Probable cause was developed to arrest Vassar for unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Through additional investigative efforts the deputy discovered the strong cannabis odor was coming from Ryan Hubbard. The investigating deputy later located a clear plastic bag containing cannabis in one of Hubbard’s shoes. Hubbard was arrested without incident for unlawful possession of cannabis. He was also issued a citation for no rear registration plate light.
Both men were transported to the Madison County Jail. Vassar was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The felony warrant and information was issued by Judge Richard Tognarelli, who set Vassar’s bond at $20,000.