Illinois State Police seizes more than 5,000 pounds of illegal cannabis

GENESEO, Ill.  – Two men from Lancaster, California have been arrested in Illinois and charged with felony trafficking and unlawful possession with intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams of cannabis.



According to the ISP arrest report, 29-year-old Robert Mazo and 33-year-old Pedro Arreola, were arrested Wednesday following a traffic stop on a 2000 Provost Bus on eastbound I-80 near milepost 13 in Henry County.


The ISP reported stated that during the traffic stop, numerous indicators of criminal activity were observed.


An ISP Canine was called to the scene to assist, which resulted in an alert to the odor of narcotics.



During the resulting search, numerous packages of illegal cannabis were located throughout the vehicle.


The total approximate weight of the cannabis was 5,231 lbs. 


The ISP reported “This seizure is one of the largest in ISP history and has an estimated value of between $6.3 and $14.7 million dollars.”


Both subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Henry County Jail. 


The Henry County State’s Attorney’s Office filed petitions to detain on each subject, and hearings were held the following day and the suspects were then released on pretrial conditions.


The investigation continues with the potential for additional charges pending.