QUINCY -- Five Quincy residents who allegedly brought 85 pounds of cannabis from California to Quincy were charged Monday with cannabis trafficking.
Deamontae L. Hill, 20, Maquealla M. Gholston, 26, Porter H. People III, 27, Ebony N. Werner, 28, and Rashad L. Snoddy, 26, made their first appearance Monday in Adams County Circuit Court.
The five were arrested Sunday night after two traffic stops by the Quincy Police Department Street Crimes Unit.
The West-Central Illinois Task Force said the arrests stem from a multistate cannabis conspiracy investigation that started earlier this summer involving people importing and distributing large amounts of cannabis in the area.
Police said surveillance of the five was conducted as they obtained the cannabis and brought it across state lines
Adams County State's Attorney Gary Farha praised the West-Central Illinois Task Force and the Quincy Police Department for the investigation.
"When they came back to Quincy, law enforcement was ready for them," Farha said.
He said that as other states have legalized recreational marijuana, it has been trafficked into the area.
"We need to send a message to people that we can't allow that," Farha said. "Eighty-five pounds is a lot, a lot of cannabis."
The cannabis had a total street value of $400,000.
If convicted of the Class X felony, the five would face between six and 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Peoples, Werner and Snoddy are being held in the Adams County Jail, each on $300,000 bond. Hill is being held on a $250,000 bond, and Gholston $150,000.
Peoples, Gholston and Hill are scheduled to return to court Sept. 5, and Werner's preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 4. Snoddy is set to return to court Friday for a status hearing.