A joint public safety effort by the Illinois State Police and Madison County State's Attorney's Office has seen immediate results as state police seized more than 200 pounds of cannabis and $57,000 over a two day period earlier this month.

The Illinois State Police annoucned two traffic stops on February 6th that resulted in one arrest and the seizure of more than 153 pounds of pot and $51,000 cash. The first stop occured just outside of Collinsville when a trooper pulled a vehicle over for improper lane usage. The driver, 50 year old, Daniel S. Loughridge of Selma, Oregon was found to be in possession of one half pound of cannabis and more than $51,000 cash. He was taken into custody and is being held for delivery of cannabis.

The second stop happed just minutes later outside Highland. After a motorist was stopped for improper lane usage a trooper discovered three large duffle bags that were filled with more than 153 pouns of cannabis. This case is still under investigation.

The day before, two other stops were made resulting in the seizure of an additonal 61 pounds of cannabis and $7,842 and two arrests.

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