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Glen Carbon man gets 12 years in prison for stealing marijuana

Arnez McCorkle
Arnez McCorkle

A Glen Carbon man will spend 12 years in prison for stealing marijuana from another man, the Alton Telegraph reported.

Arnez McCorkle, 18, was charged with armed robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon after he pointed a gun at and stole drugs from 19-year-old Ihsaan Haqq, who told police he was planning to sell McCorkle drugs at the Winston Brown Sports Complex. As a part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped the unlawful possession charge and removed mention of a firearm from the charges, the Telegraph reported.

Investigators used social media to sort out what happened during the June 19 robbery.

The Edwardsville Police Department received a 911 call from Haqq, who said $1,000 had been taken from him at gunpoint by three subjects, McCorkle and two unnamed juveniles, according to a search warrant affidavit. Haqq originally told police he had arranged to meet with one of the juveniles to pay him $1,000 that Haqq owed him for a prior vehicle crash. McCorkle and another juvenile showed up at the sports complex and McCorkle pointed a gun at Haqq’s head, then took the money and fled, according to the affidavit.

The juvenile told police he had set up the meeting with Haqq to buy $1,000 worth of marijuana, and used SnapChat to coordinate the meeting, according to the search warrant affidavit. Haqq later told police he had gone to sell the juvenile half a pound of cannabis, and when he got there, the three teens pulled a gun on him and took the drugs from his bag.

Police requested data from SnapChat to piece together what happened at the sports complex.