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California man is jailed in southwestern Illinois after being accused of possessing more than 70 pounds of marijuana found in a car he was driving.

Illinois State Police arrested 27-year-old Thomas Debakker Jr. of Aptos, Calif., after he was pulled over Thursday for allegedly speeding on Interstate 70 near Highland.

Police say a police dog later alerted authorities to the scent of marijuana coming from the car, and the drugs were found in three duffle bags in the truck.

Debakker is charged with trafficking marijuana.

He remained jailed Sunday in Madison County on $200,000 bond.

Debakker does not have a listed home telephone number. Online court records do not show whether he has an attorney.

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