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Student receives reduced charges and probation after pleading guilty

A student from the University of Illinois was sentenced after pleading guilty to the Class 3 felony of one count of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver between 30-500 grams, according to the News-Gazette on May 27.

For pleading guilty, the student received a reprieve on more serious charges brought against her, including the intent to deliver LSD and ecstasy. In addition to being expelled from school, she received two years of probation, four months of electronic home detention, 100 hours of community service, and a hefty fine of $15,600.

Two other students were charged with similar crimes; all three had been under covert investigation for about a year.

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Urbana implements new procedure to catch drug dealers

The Urbana Police Division in Illinois has begun sending out patrol officers to make raids on drug tips rather than just its detectives, the Springfield News-Sun reported on April 3.

For instance, police officers raided the house of Urbana locals Steven Inskeep, 57, and Sonda Shafer, 48, wherein they found 20 marijuana plants. Additionally, their warehouse along U.S. Route 36 was raided, and 165 more marijuana plants were found.

A few days prior to this raid, police officers obtained a warrant to search the home of 43-year-old Christina McDonald, who lives at 112 1/3 E. Church Street, where they found prescription medicine and marijuana, as well as evidence relating to a different theft case, according to a statement signed by Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell.

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Hoopeston man arrested for cannabis possession

Thirty-four-year-old Hoopeston, Illinois resident Kareem Marshall is currently detained at the Champaign County Jail with a $10,000 bond after being arrested for charges of felony unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis, The News-Gazette reported on December 31.

A police report showed that Marshall, holding a duffel bag, asked the clerk on duty at the front desk of a Residence Inn located at 502 W. Marketview Drive C for a key to a room under his girlfriend’s name. The clerk called the police after becoming suspicious of a marijuana smell in Marshall’s presence. The police knocked on the door of Marshall and his girlfriend’s room, but they were not answered.

Police arrested Marshall behind the motel building, where they found him crouched behind an electrical box with the duffel bag on the ground.

A leafy substance inside the duffel bags tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, a substance found in the cannabis plant, the police report showed. The three bags weighed 502.5 grams, 138.2 grams, and 14.3 grams, respectively.

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Pair charged with drugs and gun crimes after traffic stop

Twenty-six-year-old New Memphis in Clinton County, Illinois resident Leross Cooks and 26-year-old Rantoul in Champaign County local James Wesley Guy were arrested by Urbana police on November 18 after a traffic violation stop resulted in more serious findings, The News-Gazette reported.

Urbana police Sergeant Dan Morgan said a police officer pulled the suspects’ car over in the 1200 block of Lierman Avenue at around 1:40 p.m. for a supposed traffic violation. Cooks remained in the vehicle, but Guy attempted to run from the police. Guy was apprehended after a brief chase.

Guy, who was found to be wanted for warrants in Ohio, was charged with being a fugitive from justice and being a habitual armed criminal. Cooks, on the other hand, was charged with possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing a small amount of hydrocodone when the police arrested him. Two other misdemeanors, possession of cannabis and possession of a firearm without the proper ID card, were pinned on Cooks.

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Champaign man charged with drug crimes

Twenty-nine-year-old Champaign resident Harvey Blakely was charged in the Champaign County Circuit Court with unlawful possession with intent to deliver heroin and cocaine, both of which are Class 1 felonies, after being arrested on Saturday, October 25 and assigned a $500,000 bond, The News-Gazette reported.

Blakely was arrested after a shooting occurred outside the house where he was throwing a party. A Champaign police report showed that authorities responded to sounds of shooting near the area at round 3:55 a.m. and found 24-year-old Champaign local Jermel Hedrick fatally wounded inside a parked truck.

Police obtained a search warrant to search the perimeters of the house and found the contraband – individually wrapped bags of cocaine and heroin – under one of the mattresses.

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Feds bust extensive drug trafficking network

The United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Illinois said in a statement that 22 suspects of a major drug trafficking network stretching from Mexico to six U.S. states had been taken under police custody, with 14 of them arrested in Chicago, California, Iowa, and Pennsylvania this week, an Associated Press article reported.

The suspects were charged with conspiracy or possession with intent to distribute narcotics in three criminal complaints, with some facing at least 40 years of imprisonment if found guilty of their charges. One of the defendants was identified as 37-year-old Lombard, Illinois resident Victor Mata Madrigal, who was known to his colleagues as “Obama.” He was said to be the Chicago-area leader of the drug network.

A criminal complaint showed that almost $4 million in cash was confiscated by the police in Madrigal’s Chicago home in April 2013.

The attorneys at Bruno Law Offices in Champaign have considerable experience providing legal defense for those charged with drug crimes. If you are facing criminal charges, our attorneys may work on your behalf for the most favorable result from your case. Call our offices at 217-328-6000 today to learn more.

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