The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest early Wednesday morning that resulted in the seizure of around 60 pounds of cannabis.
At around 1:04 Wednesday morning, a County Deputy made a traffic stop on a rented 2017 Land Rover heading Eastbound on US Route 40 heading into Effingham. The deputy reported that the driver, 40 year old Alyson Victoria Rodriguez of Odenton, Maryland, seemed nervous and confused. A K-9 unit was brought to the scene to perform a free air sniff of the vehicle and indicated a positive response to the odor of narcotics. A search revealed approximately 60 pounds of cannabis in the trunk and a small amount of Cocaine and a plastic straw that tested positive for Cocaine in the driver’s purse.
Rodriguez was arrested and transported to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office where she is currently in custody awaiting a bond hearing. She is charged with Possession of more than 5000 grams of Cannabis. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Illinois State Police and the Altamont Police Department.
Sheriff David Mahon said that he was pleased with the efforts of his Deputies and the K-9 Unit. He praised the team efforts of the State Police, the Altamont Police Department, and the County Sheriff’s Office which resulted in helping to stop illegal narcotics from entering the community.