Robert Connelly The Register-Mail RConnelly_
GALESBURG — A 4-foot-tall teddy bear full of cannabis was seized from a passenger on an Amtrak train over the weekend.
Hunter L. Parker, 21, Cherokee, Iowa, made a video court appearance Monday afternoon on several charges related to his arrest Saturday afternoon at the local train depot, 225 S. Seminary St.
He is charged with felony possession with the intent to deliver cannabis between 2,000 and 5,000 grams; felony possession between 2,000 and 5,000 grams; felony criminal damage to government supported property (a squad car); and two misdemeanor counts of resisting a peace officer (running from two officers).
Knox County Assistant State’s Attorney Jonathon Schlake, reading from police reports, said authorities talked to Parker outside of the train about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Iowa man had luggage with him as well as a giant teddy bear, which a police dog alerted on for the presence of drugs.
The teddy bear was opened up and six different containers were located in the stuffed animal that totaled about 5.5 pounds of cannabis. That broke down to 2,572 grams of cannabis and 92 grams of hash, Schlake said. One pound is equal to about 454 grams.
Parker was reportedly traveling from Colorado to Galesburg and then was to take a shuttle to St. Louis.
Parker waived his right