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Bond reduced for former Crystal Lake man accused of shipping pot

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 2:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 11:12 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Prosecutors want to inspect the source of bail funds should a man accused of shipping marijuana through the mail be able to post.

Jesse J. Jacoby, 28, of Fort Bragg, Calif., was charged Jan. 23, with marijuana trafficking and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, both Class X felonies. He remains in custody at McHenry County Jail.

Authorities said Jacoby, who is a former Crystal Lake resident and had been living in California for the past year, shipped 18 pounds of marijuana from California and would travel to Crystal Lake to retrieve it.

He also was charged with a Class 1 felony possession of marijuana.

At a bond hearing Tuesday, McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather reduced Jacoby's bond, but not to the $50,000 he requested. She lowered it to $125,000.

Should he be able to post bond, a second hearing will be set to determine that the money is not from illegal activity. His mother testified that he will live with her in Crystal Lake if he's released.

According to court documents, prosecutors say they have "reasonable cause to believe bail funds … may not be from a legitimate source or may be tied to cannabis trafficking."

Assistant State's Attorney Randi Freese asked how Jacoby was able to deposit $71,000 into bank accounts when he said he makes only $10 an hour and works 12 to 15 hours a week.

Jacoby said he's a published author, but denied having that much money in the bank. According to Amazon.com, Jacoby is a "raw foodist" who wrote a book about a raw food diet.

His next court date is Feb. 23.

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