Decatur police seize over 2,500 grams of cocaine on I-72 Wednesday

Decatur police seize over 2,500 grams of cocaine on I-72 Wednesday. (WICS file photo)

The Decatur Police Department and the Macon County Sheriff's Office Interdiction Team uncovered 2,596 grams of cocaine in a stopped vehicle on I-72 Wednesday afternoon.

The vehicle was stopped near the 152 westbound mile marker. During the traffic stop, an interdiction detective and a K-9 partner conducted an air sniff, which led to the discovery of the illegal drugs.

A concealed compartment of the vehicle contained two packages of field-tested positive cocaine.

Following the discovery, the driver fled from the roadway into a wooded area.

Law enforcement called in mutual aid and Illinois State Police Troopers, Illinois Conservation Officers and an agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration assisted in the investigation.

The suspect was captured near the area of Parr/Klamath Roads, southeast of Argenta, Ill. He is now in custody.

The suspect suffered minor injuries from fleeing the scene and was transported to a local hospital where he was treated. He also suffered from apparent heat exposure.

Officials said the suspect faces arrest for manufacture/delivery of cocaine over 900 grams. The street-sell value of the drugs is approximately $259,600.

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