Former Eastern student’s sentencing set

Corryn Brock, News Editor

A former Eastern student has pleaded guilty to two counts involving possession and intent to deliver a controlled substance as of Feb. 22. She will be sentenced May 14.

Jenny Le, 26, was accused of two Class X, one Class Three and one Class One felony in October of 2019. Originally, she pleaded not guilty to all charges after being accused of possessing 5,178 grams of marijuana and 600 doses of lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as LSD, with intent to deliver.

Le is now pleading guilty to possession of a more than 600 segregated parts of controlled substance but less than 1500 parts and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, the substance being alprazolam, commonly known as Xanax.

Two charges will be waived at her sentencing; one accusing Le of possession of 5,000 grams or more of a substance containing cannabis with intent to deliver and another accusing her of possession of more than 600 segregated parts but less than 1500 parts of lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as LSD, with intent to deliver.

Le has been ordered to undergo a pre-sentence investigation.

According to the affidavit, the following events led to Le’s arrest:

On September 24, 2019 University Police Officer Joel Stewart conducted a traffic stop on Le’s girlfriend who was driving Le’s car. Le was in the passenger seat at the time.

Stewart said in the affidavit that he could smell the odor of cannabis in the vehicle and conducted a search. During the search Stewart located a “Skunk” bag, a bag with a combination lock that is often used to conceal the odor of narcotics.

Neither Le or her girlfriend claimed the bag and said it belonged to a friend. Stewart placed the bag in a evidence locker at the University Police Department and told the two to have their friend contact him for the bag.

After waiting three days the bag was not claimed and then opened by Stewart who said he located one ounce of cannabis and $8,800.

Stewart then contacted Inspector Robert Agney, who is on assignment with the ECITF, who then took custody of the cannabis and money. Agney was provided with Le’s name and identified her as someone a confidential source had said was a cannabis distributor, according to the affidavit.

Agney located a Walmart receipt in the bag from the Charleston Walmart and was given footage by the store that showed Le with the bag.

The following Monday, Agney and ECITF Inspector David Reed went to Le’s residence to provide Le and her girlfriend a written notice of forfeiture proceedings for the $8,800 located in the bag.

Once in the residence, Agney and Reed detected a cannabis odor in the residence and asked about it. Le allegedly said there was cannabis in her bedroom and took the agents to the room.

A safe was observed in the room and when asked about it Le allegedly first said the safe contained money, then said the safe contained cannabis.

The residence was then secure until a search warrant was obtained and more than $110,000 worth of drugs were located during the execution of a search warrant at 1132 Sixth St. on Sept. 30, according the affidavit.

Some items found at the residence include:

-5,178 grams of marijuana, estimated street value of $103,560

-718 serrated parts of LSD, estimated street value of $5,026

-999 tablets of Xanax, estimated street value of $1,198

-761 grams of edibles containing cannabis

-253 THC vape pen cartridges

-31.4 grams of cannabis wax

-45 individually packaged cannabis blunts

-Two bottles of Alprazolam (a medicine used to treat anxiety and panic disorders),

-A bottle of Clonazepam (a medicine used to treat seizures, panic disorder and anxiety)

-A bottle of the muscle relaxant Cyclobenzaprine

-4.6 grams psilocybin mushrooms

Items seized from the residence were taken to the East Central Illinois Task Force office and placed in a vault.

Le is no longer attending Eastern and does not appear to currently reside in Charleston.

 

Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]