Jim Lowry, a former police commissioner in town, was arrested March 27 for allegedly transporting 900 pounds of marijuana while he was traveling on Interstate 80 in Illinois, police say.
Lowry, 52, a Wolfeboro resident, was stopped by an Illinois state trooper between Geneseo, Ill., and Atkinson, Ill., for allegedly speeding in his pickup.
The trooper reporting noticing the smell of marijuana coming from the back of his truck, and upon further investigation the trooper discovered marijuana in 20 large duffel bags, police say. The drugs have an estimated street value of $2.25 million, according to Illinois State Trooper Jason Wilson.
Lowry was charged with Class X cannabis trafficking, Class X manufacture/delivery of cannabis and Class 1 possession of cannabis, Wilson said.
He remains in the Henry County Jail in Cambridge, Ill., on $500,000 bail.
Word of the arrest wasn’t released until his April 22 arraignment, Wilson said.
Lowry — who currently serves as a supervisor of the checklist in Wolfeboro and a justice of the peace — was a member of the Wolfeboro Police Commission from 1999 to 2005.
He now faces up to 12 to 60 years in prison, if convicted, according to Wilson.
By King Supreme Hydro