Illinois teen charged with marijuana possession, looking at 2-5 years

A Batavia teenager was charged with felony possession of marijuana after he harvested some wild-growing plants in Geneva, police said. Devin M. Alsip, 17, of the 1000 block of North Avenue, Batavia, was charged Sunday with possession of more than 30 grams but less than 500 grams of marijuana, the manufacture of marijuana with intent to deliver and misdemeanor trespassing on the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way.

The intent to deliver charge carries a penalty of two to five years in prison and a fine up to $25,000; the possession charge has a penalty of one to three years in prison and a fine up to $25,000; the misdemeanor trespassing charge has a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,500. Alsip was released on his personal recognizance and is to appear in court Sept.  14. According to police reports, officers responded to the area on the 500 block of South Randall Road on a call of a found bicycle. When officers arrived, they found the bike on the side of the road and Alsip walked up from a grassy slope on the west side of the Randall Road Bridge.

Alsip was carrying an orange and blue cloth and mesh bag over his shoulder. When police asked him what was in the sack, Alsip initially said it was clothes. Police said they had prior knowledge that marijuana grows wild in the area and asked Alsip whether he had been picking it. Officers located a knife and multiple green-leafy plants that tested positive for marijuana. Police Cmdr. Julie Nash said she could not give the exact amount of the marijuana found. “But I will say it was a large quantity,” Nash said in an email.

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