Robert Connelly The Register-Mail RConnelly_
GALESBURG — Two out-of-state men made video court appearances Monday afternoon for allegedly transporting cannabis on Amtrak.
Sing Sengon, 59, Sacramento, California, is charged with Class X felony cannabis trafficking, Class X felony possession with the intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams of cannabis and felony possession from an incident Thursday at the Galesburg Amtrak stop, 225 S. Seminary St.
The trafficking charge is the most serious and, if convicted, carries a sentence of between 12 and 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Sengon’s bail was set at a weekend deletion hearing at $300,000, with $30,000 needed to get out of jail. That bail was continued Monday afternoon by Circuit Associate Judge Anthony Vaupel.
Sengon was arrested Thursday at the Amtrak Station after he gave a Knox County Sheriff’s Department deputy permission to search his luggage. Authorities reportedly located 10,427 grams of cannabis, or 22.9 pounds, in his luggage. The street value of that much cannabis is $100,000, according to a news release on the arrest.
Sengon also was appointed a public defender and will return to court for a preliminary hearing and first appearance with counsel at 2 p.m. Dec. 4.
Also appearing via video before Vaupel Monday afternoon was Jeremiah J. Bastin, 40, of Bloomington, Indiana. He is charged with felony possession with the intent to deliver cannabis between 500 grams and 2,000 grams and felony possession for an incident on Saturday, also at the Amtrak stop downtown.
Knox County Assistant State’s Attorney Jonathon Schlake told Vaupel that Bastin was traveling through Galesburg from California and had bought his ticket the same day of his travel. Authorities spoke to the Indiana man and a police dog made an alert on his bag.
Schlake said authorities found 4.5 pounds of cannabis contained