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    “Police arrest pair with gun, marijuana and cash”


    Two men with prior felony convictions were arrested Sunday on narcotics and weapons charges after police conducting a traffic stop discovered they were carrying about two pounds of marijuana, $3,600 in cash and a handgun.

    Joshua E. Anderson, 31, was driving westbound on Interstate 72 at 6:15 p.m. Sunday with passenger Lerico G. Hines, 41, when Decatur police officers noticed the car after Anderson failed to signal a turn and was following too closely.

    The car was finally stopped after it turned off the interstate and was proceeding south on U.S. Business 51 near Christine Drive. A police dog was summoned to sniff the air outside the vehicle. When the dog indicated the presence of narcotics, the officers were granted permission to search the vehicle, according to a sworn statement by an officer.

    Detectives located a woman’s purse behind the driver’s seat which contained a brick-shaped object tightly wound with plastic wrap. The detectives found a revolver and about two pounds of cannabis with a street value of about $10,000 within the wrapping.

    Four bundles of cash, totaling $3,400, were found in the glove compartment.

    During an interview at police headquarters, Anderson told police he did not know there was marijuana or a firearm in the vehicle. He said he had just returned from Champaign where he had dropped off a man and a woman. He later said he had just dropped the people off in Danville.

    Anderson first told police the money was his because he had sold a car and worked at various jobs. He later said a woman had given him the money to wire to someone.

    Hines also said he had no knowledge of the marijuana or gun and that the two men were just returning from Hickory Point Mall.

    Hines is serving a 30-month probation term and is also facing four felony drug charges stemming from a 2010 case, for which he is scheduled to appear in Macon County Circuit Courton April 25.

    Anderson is also facing felony charges of fleeing police in a 2011 case for which he is due in court on April 26.

    Both men were booked into the Macon County Jail on preliminary charges of possession of cannabis 500 to 2,000 grams, possession of cannabis 500 to 2,000 grams with intent to deliver, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.

    They were released on Monday after they each posted $5,000 cash bail. They are both due in court for their arraignments on May 6.

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