Kenneth D. Watkins of Granite City.

HARDIN - On Friday, June 7, 2024, at 7:33 p.m., deputies with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on Illinois State Highway 100, near Crawford Creek, in Kampsville, Calhoun County. The stop resulted in the arrest of a Granite City man - 38-year-old Kenneth D. Watkins for multiple offenses.

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The Calhoun Sheriff's Office said Watkins was charged with driving while his license was suspended, obstructing or attempting to destroy evidence, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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The arrest was made without incident, and Watkins was subsequently transported to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office.

In compliance with the new House Bill 3653, known as the SAFE-T Act, Watkins was booked and released with a Notice to Appear at a later date at the Calhoun County Courthouse.

The SAFE-T Act, which aims to reform various aspects of law enforcement and criminal justice procedures, mandates the release of certain non-violent offenders with a notice to appear in court.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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