Police seize 2 pounds of pot, arrest three Sibley residents

SIBLEY — Three Sibley residents were criminally charged Wednesday after police searched their home and found more than 2 pounds of marijuana, other illegal substances and $5,000 in cash.

The Ford County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on Jan. 5 at 113 W. Lucas St. in Sibley, according to court documents, and arrested David G. VanHoorebeke, 48, and his wife, Rebecca K. VanHoorebeke, 31, along with Dustin T. Stevens, 28.

Police obtained the search warrant after Rebecca VanHoorebeke had allegedly assisted her husband in the delivery of more than 10 grams of cannabis to an informant on Dec. 8, police said in court documents.

Police seized 1,196 grams of cannabis, $5,000 in cash, a scale and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, plus 10 pills of Percocet and five pills of Tramadol — both considered controlled substances without a prescription — and one-tenth of a gram of a substance containing LSD.

On Wednesday, State’s Attorney Matt Fitton charged Stevens and the VanHoorebekes with one count each of possession of 500 to 2,000 grams of cannabis, a Class 3 felony.

The VanHoorebekes were also each charged with one count of unlawful delivery of cannabis (10-30 grams), a Class 4 felony. David VanHoorebeke was also charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony.

Stevens was charged additionally with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Stevens posted 10 percent of his $2,500 bond to be released from the Ford County jail. The VanHoorebekes remained in custody Wednesday with bond set at $100,000 for each.

All three are due in court for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 28.

Meanwhile, a separate hearing was set for 9 a.m. Jan. 17 to consider a motion to reduce Rebecca VanHoorebeke’s bond to $10,000.

Rebecca VanHoorebeke is being represented by private attorney Mark Lipton of Champaign, who was hired by her parents, according to court documents. David VanHoorebeke and Stevens have both been appointed public defenders.

Location (3):Local, Ford County, Sibley
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