An Elgin, Ill., man is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia following a Nov. 26 traffic stop in Caledonia.
According to court records, a state trooper working on Interstate 94 stopped to help two vehicles that had stopped on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes, near the Racine scale on ramp. The driver of one of the vehicles said they were stopped because a passenger was ill, as they had been out drinking that night and were heading back to Illinois after celebrating her 21st birthday.
The driver of the second vehicle got out and approached, and the trooper smelled marijuana as he walked past. The trooper then called for backup, including the Racine County K9 officer.
The K9 officer alerted for possible illegal substances in both vehicles, and law enforcement officers began to search, the complaint states.
Law enforcement reported finding marijuana shakes in one vehicle, and in the other, a clear bag with suspected marijuana inside.
During interviews with the people in the vehicle, police came to believe that Kevin Palomino was the one who possessed the marijuana, though they were told several different things by the passengers of the vehicle.
Palomino has prior drug charges, making these felonies.
He is out on a $5,100 cash bond, with an adjourned initial appearance set for Jan. 18.