GALESBURG, Ill. | A Cherokee, Iowa, man has been arrested in Galesburg, Illinois, for allegedly trafficking 5 pounds of cannabis inside of a four-foot-tall teddy bear.
Hunter L. Parker, 21, was arrested Saturday at the Amtrak Station in Galesburg and charged with escape, two counts of resisting arrest, cannabis trafficking 2,000-5,000 grams and manufacture/delivery of cannabis 2,000-5,000 grams.
According to a statement from the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were conducting a security check at the Amtrak Station Saturday when they discovered Parker had purchased a one-way ticket to St. Louis.
After speaking with Parker, deputies were granted permission to search his bags. That’s when the statement said deputies found a four-foot-tall teddy bear, which had a “strong odor” of suspected cannabis and a hard substance in its legs.
Parker fled on foot when he was placed under arrest, according to the statement. After a brief foot chase, he was apprehended and taken to the Knox County Jail.
The statement said deputies retrieved five packages of suspected cannabis weighing 5.6 pounds and 92 grams of hash, which has an estimated street value of $25,000.
A preliminary hearing for Parker is scheduled for Feb. 12 in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Knox County.