I don't know what it is about the State Police in Henry County, but I can't count the number of times I've read about traffic stops resulting in finding hundreds of pounds of pot or cocaine. It's almost bizarre. I wish I had the capability to find out just what the number of busts and amount of drug found by traffic stops along I-80, and always, it seems, in Henry County.
Why this is, I don't know, but the state troopers in that area seem to have an almost supernatural instinct for finding drug runners. They've found huge amounts of dope in motor homes, trucks, and cars and the number of these busts is remarkable. Henry County has only 27 miles of I-80, but it's got to be one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the country for dope smugglers.
Not surprisingly, they've done it again.
A complaint has been filed against Charles Ray McSwain, Winona McSwain and Justin Delvis Morgan, ages and addresses unavailable, in U.S. District Court, Rock Island for suspicion of possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.Two things jump out at me in this.
The Illinois State Police stopped a GMC Yukon at about 2 p.m. Tuesday on eastbound I-80 just outside Geneseo for having an object hanging in the rearview mirror.
While the trooper was writing Mr. Morgan a ticket for not having a driver's license, Mr. McSwain said there was “600 pounds of marijuana" inside the SUV, according to the complaint filed by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Officers found about 755 pounds of marijuana packaged in duffel bags and garbage bags, the complaint said.
Mr. McSwain told investigators he was supposed to pay Ms. McSwain and Mr. Morgan $1,400 for their help in transporting the drug across the country, the complaint states.
One is that the SUV was supposedly pulled over for having something hanging from the rear-view mirror? Wow! That seems like an awfully thin reason for a traffic stop. I didn't even realize that was illegal, and I certainly see hundreds of vehicles with stuff hanging from the mirror. This would suggest to me that these cops target certain vehicles for some reason and they wanted a reason to pull this one over.
Secondly, while one of the guys was getting ticketed for not having a driver's license, the other guy just casually tells the cop, "Oh, by the way, there's 600 lbs of pot in the truck." Sounds odd. But I'm sure the situation was a bit different. They probably were going to search the truck anyway and asked the guy if there was anything illegal inside and the guy figured the jig was up and told them about it.
I've always wondered, just how do the state cops manage this? It can't be just luck. They've got to be targetting certain vehicles or suspects it would seem. And why is it always in Henry County?