State Police seize 155 pounds of cannabis during traffic stop

Online Staff Report

HIGHLAND, Illinois — An Illinois State Police (ISP) District 11 trooper patrolling Interstate 70 east of Highland, Illinois, discovered 155 pounds of cannabis during a routine traffic stop.

At 4:01 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, an ISP trooper initiated a traffic stop on a black 2014 Chrysler for improper lane usage. The driver (sole occupant) of the vehicle appeared to be extremely nervous and unsure of her exact destination. The driver granted verbal consent to a search of the interior of the vehicle. Two large duffel bags and a plastic trash bag were located. Inside one of the two zippered duffel bags were wrapped packages containing approximately 155 pounds of cannabis.

The driver, Isiadra Jasso, 41, of El Paso, Texas, was charged with possession of cannabis, a Class 1 felony; cannabis trafficking, a Class X felony; and cited for improper lane usage. Jasso was transported to the Madison County jail, where she was incarcerated on a $200,000 bond.

Drug smugglers trafficking illicit drugs affect young lives and cost taxpayers millions every year,” said ISP District 11 Captain Joseph Kollins. “This is a great example of good police work as a result of solid training and experience. I am proud of the commitment shown by our troopers in keeping Illinois roadways safe.”

Posted Jan. 30, 2015

3 thoughts on “State Police seize 155 pounds of cannabis during traffic stop

  • January 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm
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    Actually, it’s this failed now, failed then, and always will fail, “War on Drugs” that is costing taxpayers millions. The “War” will never end unless we become more insistent that it does…it is a cash cow to police agencies and it is funded by taxpayers. As long as they can make the taxpayers keep paying for it…they will keep “losing” the war. We need to treat drug abuse like we treat alcoholism…as a medical condition…not a criminal condition.

  • February 1, 2015 at 7:15 am
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    how is this a crime?

  • February 2, 2015 at 11:30 am
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    David Johnson if I sell alcohol without a license, I am breaking the law. If caught, I will be charged with a crime. Now, if you want to debate about drug users only, I can understand that. I may not agree with it, or I ay agree that pot may be similar to alcohol, but I don’t see decriminalizing all drug use (i.e. cocaine, heroin, etc.) to be the answer. A difficult issue.

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