Cops: Zion man tossed nearly 300 grams of cocaine in North Shore Canal

A Zion man faces drug charges after he allegedly led police on a foot chase and threw a package of nearly 300 grams of suspected cocaine into the North Shore Canal near Green Bay and McCormick Boulevard, police said Monday.

Anthony D. Henley, 44, of the 1700 block Jappa Avenue, Zion, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Police said the incident occurred Saturday around 11:20 p.m. A patrol officer stopped a car at Green Bay and McCormick Boulevard, after observing it had only one headlight, Cmndr. Joseph Dugan, department spokesperson, said in a press release.

When the officer approached the car to talk to the driver, the man put the car in gear, pressing the gas pedal to the floor, but the vehicle stalled, Dugan said.

The man in the car then abandoned the vehicle, reaching back to grab a white object contained in plastic as he got out, Dugan said.

The officer took chase after the man, who threw the packet into the water as he ran across the bridge of the North Shore Canal, Dugan said.

The man was arrested and taken into custody, Dugan said. He said that police recovered roughly $6,000 in cash on him as well as a packet containing 3.7 grams of suspected cocaine from a jacket.

The packet thrown into the canal was eventually fished out, still in its plastic package, Dugan said. It contained 293 grams of suspected cocaine, Dugan said.

He was also charged with two traffic violations, driving with improper lighting and leaving a vehicle unattended in a roadway, Dugan said.

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