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Florida man guilty of cannabis trafficking

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

A Florida man faces up to 60 years in prison after being convicted of felony cannabis trafficking charges in Fayette County Circuit Court earlier this month.
A Fayette County jury deliberated only 80 minutes before returning two guilty verdicts in the trial for Luiz M. Diaz Guillen.
Guillen was found guilty of possessing more than 5,000 grams of cannabis with the intent to deliver and cannabis trafficking, with Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Chancey serving as the prosecutor in the case.
A sentencing hearing for Guillen, 46, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., will be held on Aug. 23.
Both of the charges are Class X felonies.
Possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $200,000, and cannabis trafficking is punishable by up to 60 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $400,000.
Guillen was arrested by the Illinois State Police on the morning of Feb. 4, 2011, on Interstate 70, about eight miles east of Vandalia.
He was taken into custody on tickets for manufacture/delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, calculated criminal cannabis conspiracy, cannabis trafficking, driving while disqualified and driving with a defective windshield.
Fayette County State’s Attorney filed the felony cannabis charges against Guillen in information filed on Feb. 7 of last year.