A traffic stop in North Aurora uncovered 60 pounds of high-grade marijuana on its way from the West Coast to the Chicago area, Kane County authorities said today.
The driver of the Chevrolet Impala had failed Friday morning to signal for a lane change on the Interstate Highway 88 off-ramp at Illinois Highway 31 and also didn't pay the toll, the Kane County sheriff's office said in a news release.
Police estimated the street value of the marijuana at about $1 million.
Pablo Galeana-Rueda, 34, of Aberdeen, Wash., the driver, and Jose Hernandez-Calderon, 41, of Santa Rosa, Calif., his passenger, were charged with felony cannabis trafficking, delivery and possession.
They are each being held on $1 million bond as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers.
A Countryside police officer suffered an injured knee following a police pursuit on Sunday that resulted in a crash.
The collision happened at about 4 p.m. in the 5900 block of Willow Springs Road, authorities said.
The Countryside police was responding to a call of disorderly conduct at the Countryside Plaza, 170 Countryside Plaza, when they saw the suspected vehicle leaving the scene, Countryside Deputy police Chief Scott Novak said.
The vehicle lead police on a nearly two-mile pursuit until the vehicle collided with the squad car on Willow Springs Road. The officer wasn't injured in the crash, but hurt his knee while taking the driver into custody, Novak said.
The officer was treated and released for his minor injury.
While the driver received a traffic-related charge and bonded out, police are seeking felony fleeing and eluding charges against the driver, who Novak wouldn't identify.