Amtrak passenger busted with $240,000 worth of pot, state police say

Kevin Reing was arrested after Amtrak’s California Zephyr pulled into Union Station. | CPD; Loco Steve

A Pittsburgh valet attendant was busted at Chicago Union Station on Saturday evening as he traveled from California to the Steel City with more than 33 pounds of pot on an Amtrak train, according to Illinois State Police.

Kevin Reing, 31, bought a one-way train ticket from “an area in California known for cannabis growth and distribution” to Pittsburgh last week, a “tactic used by traffickers using Amtrak,” the ISP said. His last-minute purchase raised flags for the state police narcotics interception unit, which was waiting for Reing when the California Zephyr pulled into Union Station shortly before 5 p.m.

Police said that Reing—who had been assigned sleeper cabin #13—gave ISP investigators permission to search his luggage during a “consensual encounter.” According to court records, one of Reing’s suitcases contained 12 pounds of pot and the other held 21 pounds. Altogether, cops seized cannabis with a street value of $240,000, according to prosecutors.

Reing is charged with Class X felony cannabis trafficking and Class X felony manufacture-delivery of cannabis. Judge David Navarro set his bail at $5,000.
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