Houston men arrested in Illinois for allegedly trafficking 1,000 pounds of marijuana

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Two Houston men were arrested at an Illinois truck stop on New Year’s Eve after authorities reported finding 1,000 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle.

Muhammad Usama, 21, and Syed Ahmad, 43, were in an RV near a Loves Travel Stop in South Jacksonville around 10 a.m. when a drug dog detected something, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office in Morgan County, Illinois

The driver gave deputies and the Illinois State Police consent to search the vehicles, and authorities reported finding the load of pot.

Both men were charged with cannabis trafficking and held without bond in the Morgan County Detention Center, according to the press release. They’re due back in court in February.

It’s not clear what prompted the interaction with police and whether the men were driving at the time.

Records do not show any past arrests in Texas for Usama, while Ahmad appears to have been arrested at least twice previously for minor charges in Harris County.

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