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Cairo police seize 398 pounds of marijuana

Friday, August 14, 2009 ~ Updated 7:42 AM

CAIRO, Ill. - A traffic stop on Interstate 57 turned into the seizure of 398 pounds of marijuana Thursday morning.

According to a news release from the Cairo Police Department, Sgt. Bernard Brown stopped a truck for speeding at the 4 mile marker around 7:37 am. The driver of the vehicle exited and ran on foot through a wooded area adjacent to the interstate.

Once Brown searched the vehicle he found the marijuana.

The Alexander County Sheriff's Department, Pulaski County Sheriff's Department and Illinois state police assisted Cairo police in the pursuit of the suspect.

Around 1 p.m. police received information that the suspect may have been at a local truck stop trying to get a ride. Brown and fellow Cairo police officer Chris Brown located the vehicle with the suspect inside.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and was processed at the Cairo Police Department. The suspect's name is being held pending further investigation by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and Cairo police.


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jeeze-um.....did the cop at least get to pose by it with a "yeah...I got 'em" look on his face?

-- Posted by ZeRo1 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 8:27 AM

Wow, way to go! It's kinda odd that just 398 were "found", I wonder if 2 went "missing"

-- Posted by Producer1 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:36 AM

That would probably be funny if Sgt Brown was not a friend of mine. I know him to be a fine police officer and great father.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:51 AM

I got nothing against Sgt. Brown, that's an impressive catch. I think he should be proud of himself, he did his job, and he did it well.

-- Posted by ZeRo1 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 12:29 PM

That would probably be funny if Sgt Brown was not a friend of mine. I know him to be a fine police officer and great father.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:51 AM

Oh Please, don't get your panties in a bunch

-- Posted by Producer1 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 1:47 PM

Let me guess,Mexican coming out of TEXAS.THEY COME BY THERE All day long.Never will stop it,why waste the time and money trying.If people wanted it stopped they'ed quit buying it.Not going to happen.

-- Posted by Chickenlips on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 4:14 PM

I am inclined to support the reform of marijuana prohibition. However, as long as it is against the law you can't be upset with the police enforcing it. Complaints should be directed toward lawmakers...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 4:27 PM

Bobby62914,

Yes I can. There are several laws the police either do not enforce or put on a very low priority. In this instance the driver was speeding and then he ran. Well, yes the officer did his job and found the pot. Wow, he deserves a medal I suppose. Prohibition doesn't work and the drug war is an expensive waste of our tax dollars.

Yes, I am glad your inclined to support reform of marijuana laws. It should be legalized as is alcohol and tobacco. Problem is, how will our corrupt and greedy Governments tax something anyone can grow in there own basement or backyard?

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 5:37 PM

Please legalize cannabis. With how messed up the government is, please allow for this simple privilege. Legalize, tax, and regulate. There are ways to test an alleged high driver. Treat public behavior similar to alcohol and leave people to live their own lives.

-- Posted by lurker on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 6:09 PM

While more and more Officers are ignoring small amounts of marijuana, to ignore large amounts would be to exceed the recognized boundaries of "Officer Discretion". Police Officers take an oath to support the law and if they can't should find another occupation and someone who is willing will take that position. In the end, change must come with the legislators and not with Officers who refuse to fulfill their oath of office.

-- Posted by D'oh on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 6:56 PM

It might help with my rheumatism!

Sign me up.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 7:47 PM

Stupid move of the driver , carrying that much and speeding. I am sure there where more than one vehicle carrying that day that went thru with no problem.

-- Posted by DAB on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 7:59 PM

The government dont make it legal cause they know it would turn the economy around for the better...

-- Posted by teetee1987 on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 10:58 PM

BN1301: Police Officers don't bother to enforce 90% of the laws on the book. Legislators might repeal a law for every few hundred they enact, so you cannot leave that in their hands. As for the courts they typical throw out a law only after police & prosecutors have largely stopped enforcing it.

For a great recent example of how laws get changed in the real world look at the victimless crime of consensual Sodomy. The legislators would have never repealed that law on their own because conservative constituents would have tarred them as "pro-homosexual". Yet police officers & prosecutors took it into their own hands by spending a decade or two ignoring the laws on the books, and virtually no one was arrested or prosecuted for the crime. Gay rights groups had to almost goad police departments into enforcing the law just so they could have just a single case somewhere in the country to use to challenge the law. Finally the courts did overturn the law, but their efforts where largely useless as nobody was enforcing it. After the court ruling finally some state legislatures(like Missouris) got involved and rewrote their Sodomy laws to exclude consensual acts between adults.

So as you can see the cops & prosecutors do indeed refuse to enforce certain laws and they tend to do so far ahead of our legislators & courts.

-- Posted by Nil on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 11:50 AM

Nil,

I don't know how long you were a Police Officer, but I have never known of any Officers who did not enforce 90% of the laws within their purview and if they did, they should have left the profession. "Prosecutorial Discretion" is absolute while "Officer Discretion" is not and could bring about dismissal.

It is my "opinion" that if you do not want to do the job, any job then don't take it.

I am also familiar with the concept of "Norms of Evasion" and use of drugs has a long way to go before it can be compared to those examples you provided.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 5:17 PM

BN140: Are you a cop? If so I bet you have never enforced the vast majority of criminal statues. You do know their are over 4500 Federal crimes right? Then add to that a few thousand more state and local crimes for whatever jurisdiction you are in. Most laws on the books are old, obscure, and never used. They are unlikely to ever be repealed by legislators because frankly everybody has forgotten about most of them. Even the most seasoned prosecutor or judge with decades of experience under their belts is unlikely to have ever seen most of our criminal code.

Besides the forgotten laws, their are also an awful lot that are only rarely enforced. For example the couple police officers I know most certainly at the least break this: law: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/u... Heck, pretty much any person whose ever downloaded any internet porn of any sort has broken that law, but only connoisseurs the most oddball varieties of adult pornography have anything to worry about.

Even laws that are regularly enforced often involve a whole lot of "Officer Discretion". For example for several years now it has been illegal to drive inclement weather using your windshield wipers without headlights. This law is virtually never enforced on its own. Firstly most cops are more cautious about pulling cars over during a heavy rain; not simply to avoid getting wet, but because if it is raining heavy enough to make driving without headlights dangerous it follows that an officer walking or standing on the roads shoulder would be even less visible to traffic. So the end result is while this law is regularly violated and law enforcement officers regularly see it violated right in front of them they are typically unwilling to enforce it without more major violations being combined with it (extreme speeding/recklessness or a potential DUI). So it is a reasonably common citation alongside more serious charges, but is rare on its own.

In real world practice "Prosecutorial Discretion" leads to "Officer Discretion" as officers and departments do not waste time enforcing laws that they know are unlikely to ever be prosecuted. An officer would have to be awfully hard headed to keep bringing in the types of cases that from personal experience they know ahead of time will not be prosecuted.

As for "Norms of Evasion" look at the broad acceptance of Medical Marijuana. Even in states without Medical Marijuana bills police and prosecutors are very gunshy about enforcing drug laws against ailing lawbreakers. Public opinion polls show 75% of the population support Marijuana use for medicinal purposes and any officer who busts a lawbreaking chemotherapy patient for growing a couple plants would be a creating a public relations nightmare for their department.

Another sign of the growing acceptability is the growing number of police departments around the country which are operating under directives to make possession of small amounts of marijuana the "lowest law enforcement priority". That started out in the West Coast liberal bastions like San Francisco, Seattle, & Denver, but it has branched out a bit in the last few years and now places closer to home like Joplin & Columbia in Missouri as well as Eureka Springs & Fayetteville in Arkansas have similar rules in place.

-- Posted by Nil on Sun, Aug 16, 2009, at 2:29 AM


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