2 men charged after alleged marijuana find

Two men were charged after a traffic stop reportedly revealed several dozen pounds of suspected marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint filed by state police, a trooper initiated a stop at about 8:35 a.m. Tuesday along Interstate 80 in Boggs Township for a traffic violation. The vehicle was occupied by Zhen Hong Chen, 47, and Jie Li Chen, 44, both of Mundelein, Ill.

“Indicators of criminal activity were observed,” police said, but a consent to search request was denied by the occupants. They were detained until about 10 a.m. when a narcotics K-9 was summoned to the scene.

The dog “alerted on the vehicle,” police said, and a probable cause search was conducted. The search reportedly revealed 76 vacuum-sealed bags of suspected marijuana in the trunk weighing about 76 pounds.

The suspected marijuana field-tested positive for the drug at the Rockview state police barracks at about 11:05 a.m., police said.

Both Zhen Chen and Jie Chen were arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker, according to court documents, and each charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver, and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Unsecured bail was set at $1 million.

Preliminary hearings are slated for May 31.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews