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$250K Valued Drug Busted After 115 Miles Hot Pursuit on I-57

$250K Valued Drug Busted After 115 Miles Hot Pursuit on I-57

A police pursuit on I-57 from near Marion to Effingham through the surrounding area lasted 115 miles, during which time the man from Los Angeles, California was discovered to have an enormous quantity of drugs.

According to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department, Dejon Wooden is accused of passing several semi-tractor-trailers in the emergency lane and attempting to elude deputies by traveling at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour during the pursuit.

The pursuit came to an end when Wooden was apprehended in Effingham using a Precision Immobilisation Technique, which involved surrounding his car with police cars to disable it.

Eighty-three pounds of cannabis and 760 pounds of the schedule two drug promethazine were found, according to Williamson County Deputies. The drugs are estimated to have a street value of $250,000.

Wooden was taken into custody on several traffic infractions, aggravated assault, aggravated fleeing and eluding, controlled substance trafficking, and possession with intent to deliver cannabis, all of which are Class X felonies.

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Effingham Police Department, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Mt. Vernon Police Department are all acknowledged for their assistance by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

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