Police Make Meth Bust on 1-57
Two California men are in custody in Champaign County for allegedly possessing more than $600,000 worth of methamphetamine.
State's Attorney Julia Reitz said nearly seven pounds of the drug was discovered after State Police made a traffic stop on I-57 late Wednesday afternoon. Reitz said 25-year old Leonel Galaviz-Galaviz and 34-year old Jose Canizalez-Cardenas, both of Los Angeles, were pulled over north of Rantoul for speeding and tailgating.
"Illinois State Police had their drug detection dog present, and the dog alerted on the vehicle, then following that alert, the troopers searched the vehicle," she explained.
Police found a hidden compartment underneath the vehicle, which is where they discovered the drugs. Reitz said this is by far the biggest amount of meth discovered locally, but she noted there is no indication the men were bringing the drugs into the Champaign area.
"Certainly they were passing through with the drugs in their vehicle intending to deliver them somewhere," she said.
The two men made their first court appearance Thursday afternoon. If convicted for intending to deliver methamphetamine, the men face a Class X felony with a six to 30 year prison sentence.