Years in prison confront two young Pekin men if they’re convicted of trafficking in drugs in unrelated cases filed since last week.
The cases of Logan Highley and Chase Olsen are otherwise a study in contrasts.
Highley, 20, was charged Monday with dealing in a small amount of meth, but as a third drug offense. Olsen, 19, had no prior criminal record before police allegedly caught him with 200 doses of LSD.
That amount produced an indictment Thursday for possessing the hallucenigenic drug with intent to deliver as a Class X charge, punishable by six to 30 years in prison.
Olsen was released on $15,000 bond pending his prosecution. Highley, meanwhile, was ordered held on $50,000 after his prosecutor said he’d broken a promise to cooperate with police investigating his past drug dealings.
A police officer on Saturday stopped Highley as he walked along Parkway Drive on suspicion that he’d just made a drug purchase. Highley had been on parole since August from a four-year prison term he received in June 2016 for allegedly obtaining prescription pills while on probation for possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
When the officer asked him where the meth he had just purchased was, Highley replied, “In my pocket.” The officer found 4 1/2 grams of the drug that Highley said he’d just bought and planned to sell, a court affidavit stated.
Highley faces up to seven years if convicted of possessing meth with intent to deliver, in addition to the remainder of his paroled term.
When Olsen was stopped for speeding in Creve Coeur on Oct. 6, the officer smelled burnt marijuana in his vehicle and searched it. In the trunk, the officer found a bag of that drug and two sheets of multi-colored paper, wrapped in tin foil and perforated into 100 pieces each, a court affidavit stated.
Olsen “appeared nervous” as he said the sheets were simply paper, the affidavit stated. A field test determined one of the pieces was saturated with LSD.
He’s next in court on Thursday. Highley will next appear on Nov. 9.
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