CHARLESTON -- An Oregon man is jailed in Coles County for allegedly planning to sell 15 pounds marijuana in Mattoon to a person cooperating with police.
Jordan Scott Cameron was arrested outside the Alamo Steakhouse in Mattoon on Jan. 25 after police learned of the planned sale of the marijuana with a street value of more than $130,000, according to records in his case.
Cameron, 52, for whom records list an address on Grants Pass, Ore., is charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. The amount of marijuana allegedly involved means he faces an offense that would require prison time if he's convicted.
Police records in the case say a man cooperating with the Mattoon-based East Central Illinois Task Force drug investigation unit indicated he was contacted on Jan. 22 about buying marijuana from a person later identified as Cameron.
ECITF officers had the man call the person selling the marijuana and arrange the day and location for the sale, the records say.
On Jan. 25 Cameron, known only to the police cooperative at that time as "Jay," called to say he was near Mattoon so the cooperative could meet at an arranged location, according to the records.
However, the police source said he couldn't meet at the planned time and told "Jay" to wait at a restaurant, the records say.
The marijuana seller later called the police source to say he was at the restaurant, and ECITF officers then located him and arrested him outside the business, according to the records.
The records say the marijuana was divided into 15 one-pound bags and was inside a duffle bag located in Cameron's vehicle.
Cameron was identified at the scene and police also found a cellphone in his possession with the number the source used to call him, according to the records.
They also say ECITF officers located $440 in cash which they seized based on suspicion that it was from drug sales. Coles County authorities are also seeking forfeiture the money.
Cameron pleaded not guilty to the charge during a court appearance last week and Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien then scheduled his next hearing for April 16.
The charge against Cameron alleges he had at least 5,000 grams, or about 11 pounds, of marijuana planned for sale. A conviction for the offense would require a prison sentence of six to 30 years without the option for probation or another form of supervision.
State's Attorney Brian Bower is prosecuting the case and Urbana attorney Anthony Bruno is representing Cameron.