Crime & Courts

Texas trucker found with 27 pounds of marijuana near Marengo sentenced

Trucker drove 100 pounds of marijuana from California to Wisconsin, was headed to Florida, documents show

Lamont I. Howard
Lamont I. Howard

WOODSTOCK – A Texas trucker who authorities said was carrying 27 pounds of marijuana in his semitrailer when he was pulled over near Marengo was sentenced to six years in prison this week.

Lamont I. Howard, 44, of Garland, Texas, was pulled over by Illinois State Police on Nov. 3 on the portion of Interstate 90 that passes through McHenry County.

During the stop, a K-9 unit detected an odor of marijuana, and when police opened the trailer, they found the prepacked marijuana, police have said.

Court documents showed Howard told authorities he had driven 100 pounds of marijuana from California to Janesville, Wisconsin, where he unloaded the drugs. He was headed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to deliver the rest when he was stopped.

Howard was originally charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, both Class X felonies, as well as possession of marijuana, a Class 1 felony. The Class X felonies were dismissed and Lamont was sentenced on the possession charge as part of a negotiated plea reached Thursday, Assistant State’s Attorney Randi Freese said.

Freese said Howard will be required to serve 50 percent of his sentence. In addition to his prison term, Howard was ordered to pay $5,970 in court costs.

Authorities also have seized Howard’s 2009 Freightliner semitrailer.

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