Leon S. Johnson and Connie L. Lewis of Miami were both arrested and charged with Class X felonies for the unlawful possession of drugs on Friday.  

According to Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zannoti, Johnson and Lewis were found inside a Herrin residence with a large amount of cocaine and money.

A total of about four pounds of cocaine and five pounds of marijuana was seized from the suspects.

A news release from the Herrin Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office states that a subsequent search warrant was executed at a separate location in Herrin, where officials further discovered large amounts of cocaine and cannabis.

The investigation was a combined effort by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, the Herrin Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

“This is one of the largest cocaine busts in Williamson County in decades,” Zanotti said. “This is a huge amount of illegal narcotics that are now off the streets. I cannot thank the law enforcement agencies involved enough for their excellent police work here.”

The charges against Johnson and Lewis include a possible sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

The pair’s bond is set at $500,000 each and both Johnson and Lewis are due back in court at 1:15 p.m. for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 21. 

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