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Decatur man held on $1 million bail had 2 pounds of meth and bag of ammo, police say

Philip Joshu is being held in Franklin County on drug and weapons charges.
Philip Joshu is being held in Franklin County on drug and weapons charges.

A Decatur man was being held in the Franklin County Jail on several drug charges Tuesday, in lieu of a $1 million bail.

Philip Joshu, 37, of Decatur, was being held on nine counts, including drug and aggravated fleeing charges.

Benton Police earlier told KFVS-TV that they joined a police chase that had already started in West Frankfort. Officers in West Frankfort had said the driver had a handgun. The driver stopped on railroad tracks in Benton and ran away.

On Friday morning, a West City police officer saw the suspect near a school, prompting the lockdown of a local school. Police caught the suspect and say they found a bag with ammunition, about two pounds of methamphetamine, half a pound of marijuana, 30 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms and suspected LSD.

Joshu will have a bond-reduction hearing Wednesday.

Benton, where he was arrested, is about 150 miles south of Decatur.

Two of the charges, delivery of methamphetamine and possession of LSD, are class X felonies.

The other charges include: two counts of a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing other non-narcotic drugs, manufacture or delivery of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated fleeing police and resisting a police officer.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND
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