As an outbreak caused by synthetic cannabinoids is spreading across northern and central Illinois, the Taylorville Police Department recovered more than 40 packages of the illegal drug in a traffic stop Monday afternoon. 33-year-old Jaclyn B. Harris and 53-year-old Bobby D. Smith, both of Taylorville, are both facing manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance charges after the stop.
While the Illinois Department of Public Health has not reported any cases in Christian County related to this outbreak, Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile says synthetic cannaboids have been an ongoing issue in the community.
The drugs seized have not been connected to the outbreak across the state, but Hile says this seizure takes a large amount of product off the streets.
So far in Illinois, there have been 107 reported cases in this outbreak. Victims suffer severe bleeding and there have been three deaths in the state as well.
The investigation into this seizure is ongoing, and the product will be sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab to determine its chemical makeup.