Not Guilty Plea in Felony Drug Case

A man from central Illinois is pleading not guilty in Knox County to charges accusing him of having some expensive drugs on him when he got off an Amtrak train almost a month ago.

24-year-old Robert Spangler made the plea in Knox County Circuit Court yesterday to a Class-X felony charge of Cannabis Trafficking, and lesser felony counts of Possession of Cannabis, and Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver.

Police say officers at the Amtrak depot July 29th questioned Spangler, whom they say appeared nervous and shaking at the time. Spangler, who denied police the chance to search his luggage, told officers he had just been in California, but didn’t purchase any drugs.

A subsequent search of Spangler’s luggage after he was released from custody turned up over nine-pounds of alleged pot, some of which officers said was high-grade — all of which was valued at around $36,000.

Spangler also asked for a trial by jury through his public defender.

Court records indicate a pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for early-November. Spangler, in the meantime, remains jailed on $200,000 bond.

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