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Traffic stop in IL leads to arrest of 3 murder suspects

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

A traffic stop on Interstate 74 in Vermilion County on August 27 led to the arrest of three murder suspects.

According to Illinois State Police, at around 4:57 p.m., a trooper saw two vehicles driving erratically in a road rage incident on I-74 eastbound, starting at mile post 200.

The trooper asked for additional units and officers in Vermilion County assisted.

They conducted a traffic stop on both vehicles near the mile post 214 exit ramp on I-74.

During the stop, police say they suspected criminal activity by the people in both vehicles.

The trooper got consent to search one of the vehicles, a 2016 charcoal gray Jeep Wrangler, a rental vehicle with Canadian registration.

Police said they found a rifle in the vehicle.

A K-9 conducted a free air sniff and police said it alerted on the second vehicle, a 2014 white Mercedes C300, registered in Colorado.

Officers searched the second vehicle and said they seized 112.1 grams of suspected cocaine and two handguns.

According to troopers, they saw blood in both vehicles during their searches. Both vehicles were impounded for further investigation.

Michael Gresham, 20; Joshua Baker, 20; and Lawrence Greggs Jr., 20; all from Cincinnati, Ohio, were arrested for weapon and drug offenses.

They were taken to the Vermilion County Jail and held pending bond hearings.

ISP agents contacted Colorado authorities regarding the Mercedes because the registered owner was not present.

Police say they learned the registered owner of the Mercedes, 21-year-old Devon D. Smeltz, was reported missing by his mother on Friday, Aug. 26.

They said Smeltz was found dead by Colorado authorities on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Gresham, Baker and Greggs were suspected of having a hand in Smeltz's disappearance.

All three are being held in the Vermilion County Jail pending extradition by Colorado authorities.

The case remains an open and ongoing investigation by the Fort Collins, Colorado Police Department with the cooperation of the Illinois State Police.

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