EDWARDSVILLE — A Stockton, Calif., woman is facing drug trafficking charges after being found in possession of more than 11 pounds of methamphetamine along an interstate in Madison County.
Guadalupe Tafolla, 53, is facing one count of methamphetamine trafficking and one count of unlawful possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Both are Class X felonies. During a traffic stop by the Illinois State Police on Feb. 22, the trooper was given consent to search Tafolla’s vehicle. It was at that time that multiple bags of methamphetamine were located hidden in a spare tire. The traffic stop occurred on I-70 near the exit for Route 143, just east of Marine.
Officers with the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI), a multi-jurisdictional drug task force, assisted State Police with the investigation. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons praised the work of ISP and MEGSI and their vigilance in their interdiction efforts to stem the flow of drugs not only in Madison County, but also in the United States.
“Due to Madison County’s location at the crossroads of our nation’s interstate system, we are constantly seeing our highways used for drug trafficking,” Gibbons said. “This case is a perfect example of why, despite shrinking budgets, we need to continue being watchful and step up our interdiction efforts.”
Tafolla, who was charged Tuesday afternoon, is in custody at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville on a $1 million bond set by Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli. Maximum penalty for a Class X felony conviction is six to 30 years in prison.
These charges, as well as the statements made herein, are based upon probable cause. The defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.