Drugs, guns and $25,000 cash intercepted in highway stop

News-DemocratSeptember 25, 2013 

State police intercepted drugs, guns and cash in an interstate highway stop Tuesday.

A state trooper stopped a speeding rental car on Interstate 64 in Washington County and noted that the driver and passengers seemed "extremely nervous," providing conflicting stories about their final destination, according to a news release from Illinois State Police.

The driver then admitted that there was a loaded 9mm pistol near the seat, police said. A search of the car uncovered more than $25,000 cash, cannabis and an AR-15 rifle inside the trunk.

The car passengers were from Georgia, and did not possess a valid permit from their home state, police said. According to the release, the subjects admitted that they were headed to Colorado to buy more cannabis with the cash in the vehicle.

The driver was Joshua A. Brown, 27, of Hiram, Ga. He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of cannabis. The passengers were Javier D. Padilla, 22, of Kennesaw, Ga.; and Morgan A. Brown, 19, of Hiram, Ga. Both were charged with possession of cannabis.

All three subjects are currently in custody in the Washington County Jail.

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