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Father-son duo accused of pot trafficking to face trial this summer

PRINCETON — The father-and-son duo charged with hauling 600 pounds of marijuana through Bureau County last winter will stand trial in August.

Colt French, 34, and Rory French, 59, both from Smith River, Calif., are accused of trafficking the drugs through the county in January. Authorities say the two were pulled over on Interstate 80 in an RV that was found to have 10 duffel bags full of marijuana on board.

They initially claimed to have been on an overnight road trip to Chicago, but later admitted to Illinois State Troopers they were in possession of the drugs, and in fact, said they had made a similar run through the area in December of 2019.

The men were charged with Class X felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, which carries a base sentencing range of 6-30 years if convicted.

The two were represented on a telephone conference at a hearing May 19 in Bureau County Court before Judge C.J. Hollerich.

Attorneys Jack Rodgan, representing Colt French, and Sheldon Sorosky, representing Rory French asked the trial date be moved to Monday, Aug. 24. A final pretrial is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24. Their attorneys may submit a motion to suppress, which will be heard at an as yet undetermined date.

The men were released on $300,000 bond, 10% of which was applied for their release.

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