Charges reduced for two in drug case
URBANA Two men arrested for having about a quarter vans shoes pound of cocaine in a car in southern Champaign County in February have pleaded guilty to significantly reduced charges.
In plea agreements entered Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court, Cornelius Dean, 48, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to possession of less than 15 grams of cocaine and was sentenced to two years of probation and fined about $1,600.
In exchange for those pleas, Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Carlson dismissed Class X felony charges against both men alleging they had between 100 and 400 grams of cocaine intended for sale.
The trooper smelled cannabis and, after learning that Williams was driving with a suspended license and Dean was wanted on a Coles County warrant, did a search of the car that turned up two bags of cocaine weighing a vans shoes vans shoes total of about 128 grams.
Carlson said she agreed to the reduced charges because the Illinois State Police did not obtain latent fingerprint vans shoes s from the bags and each of the defendants claimed that the cocaine belonged to the other.