Two traffic stops in Illinois net more than $1 million in pot

Two different traffic stops on Internet 70 in Illinois help get 432 lbs. of pot off of the street.

Posted: Mar 8, 2018 10:24 PM

EFFINGHAM COUNTY Ill. (WTHI) - Two different traffic stops on Internet 70 in Illinois help get 432 lbs. of pot off of the street.

The first traffic stop on March 6th near Effingham, Illinois.

That is where Illinois State Police say they stopped a car for traffic violations.

During the stop, police found nearly 71 lbs of cannabis.

The driver of the car, 23-year-old Virginia resident Matthew Taffer was charged with trafficking and booked into the Effingham County Jail.

The second stop happened on Wednesday near St. Elmo, Illinois.

That is west of Effingham.

Police stopped an RV for traffic violations being driven by 34-year-old Christian Peralta Martinez. There was also a passenger in the RV, 33-year-old Shawn Hulsey.

both of them are from California.

During that stop, police say they found 361 lbs of cannabis.

Both were charged with cannabis trafficking and booked into the Fayette County Jail.

The total street value of both busts totals over $1 million.

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