State Police seize $700,000 in drugs during Iroquois Co. traffic stop

ASHKUM, Ill. (WCIA) — A traffic stop in Iroquois County on Monday resulted in almost $700,000 worth of cocaine and fentanyl being seized by Illinois State Police.

Officials said the traffic stop happened on northbound I-57 south of Ashkum. A State Trooper pulled over a semi-truck to perform a federal safety compliance inspection but observed indications of criminal activity.

When the trooper got consent to search the truck from the driver, they found 49 pounds of drugs.

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The driver of the truck was arrested and taken to the Iroquois County Jail. He was identified as Juan Carlos Oliva Lopez, a 45-year-old man from Houston, Texas.

Lopez was charged by the Iroquois County State’s Attorney with controlled substance trafficking, a Class X felony in the State of Illinois.

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