By Leah Williams
Nashville Police arrested a 31-year-old Florida man late Saturday night for trafficking approximately 11 pounds of cannabis after leading authorites on a brief foot chase.
According to police, an officer conducted a voluntary contact on Marcus Hayes, 31, of Gainsville, FL, at 11:15 p.m. while Hayes was in the parking lot of the Best Western motel on State Route 127.
Hayes reportedly told police that he had a personal amount of cannabis in his rental vehicle. While authorities had detained him in handcuffs, Hayes allegedly fled on foot.
Officers were able to apprehend Hayes shortly after. Once the K-9 unit was deployed, a search was conducted on the vehicle, where approximately 11 pounds of cannabis was found in vaccum-sealed packages that were located inside.
Hayes was arrested and charged with trafficking more than 5,000 grams of cannabis and manufacturing or deliver of the same amount of cannabis, both a Class X felony. He was also charged with unlawful possession, which is a Class 1 felony.
If he is found guilty of the trafficking charges, Hayes could face between six and 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The possession charge holds a possible term between four and 15 year sentence upon conviction.
Bond was set at $100,000. Hayes remains in custody at the Washington County Justice Center. A status hearing has been set for Aug. 27 while a jury trial has been scheduled for Oct. 21.