Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced, yesterday, the results of a narcotics interdiction on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 that lead to the arrest of three armed suspects traveling from Georgia to Colorado to purchase cannabis.
On Tuesday a District 13 Trooper performed a traffic stop on a 2013 Ford Hertz rental passenger car for speeding in a 45 mph zone on Interstate 64. Upon being stopped the driver and the two passengers, all from Georgia, appeared extremely jumpy and stated conflicting stories regarding their final destination. The driver admitted he possessed a loaded 9 mm pistol which was concealed next to the driver's seat.
As the Troopers performed a further search of the vehicle, a total of $25,037 U. S. currency was uncovered under the driver's seat and inside the trunk, along with a jar containing 5.6 grams of cannabis under the driver's seat, and an AR-15 rifle inside the trunk.
Officers from ISP Zone 7 Southern Illinois Drug Task Force (SIDTF) interviewed the subjects, who admitted they were en route to Colorado to purchase cannabis with the cash in their vehicle. During conversation with the Troopers it was discovered that none of the occupants possessed a valid Georgia conceal carry permit.
The suspects were transported to the Washington County Jail. The driver, Joshua A. Brown, 27, Hiram, Georgia, was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon and Possession of Cannabis 2.5 to 10 grams, and the passengers, Javier D. Padilla, 22, Kennesaw, Georgia, and Morgan A. Brown, 19, Hiram, Georgia, were charged with Possession of Cannabis 2.5 to 10 grams. The investigation remains on going.
"This is the type of police work that is representative of the Illinois State Police," said Acting District Commander Kenneth Ryder. "I am very proud of the work our Troopers and Agents do and how they tirelessly serve the people of the State of Illinois. Removing illicit drugs, illegal guns, and monies raised from criminal activities off the roadways of Illinois is a focus of our patrol efforts," he added.