California Man Arrested in Illinois with Over $250,000 in Drugs after I-57 High-Speed Chase


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Williamson County, Illinois – A California man was arrested in Williamson County, Illinois, after deputies seized drugs worth over $250,000 from his vehicle on Interstate 57. 

According to police reports on Tuesday, Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputies observed the vehicle committing Illinois Vehicle Code violations and initiated a pursuit when the driver failed to stop. The chase, reaching speeds over 100 mph, ended near Effingham, Illinois, with deputies performing a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver. The driver, identified as Dejon D. Wooden of Los Angeles, California, was allegedly found with 80.3 pounds of Cannabis and 760 ounces of Promethazine, a schedule 2 narcotic.

Wooden faces multiple charges including Cannabis and Controlled Substance Trafficking, Aggravated Assault, and Reckless Driving. He is currently held at the Williamson County Jail.

Sheriff Jeff Diederich commended the efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies in the operation, emphasizing their commitment to public safety and drug interdiction. The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information on this or other investigations to contact them or the Williamson County Crime Stoppers.


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