UI student faces felony drug charges

URBANA — A 17-year-old University of Illinois student has been charged with three felonies after police found drugs in his dormitory room over the weekend.

A UI police report said Garrett P. Hoepker, a freshman living in Taft Hall, 1213 S. Fourth St., C, was first given a notice to appear in court after police found cannabis in his room about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officers went to investigate a complaint about burning cannabis, according to UI police Lt. Roy Acree. Besides cannabis, they found drug paraphernalia, several metal containers commonly used to hold nitrous oxide, and a locked box, Acree said.

Later that day, a drug-sniffing dog alerted police that there were possible drugs in the box. On Monday, police got a search warrant for the box and found methamphetamine, cocaine and PCP in it, Acree said. They then arrested Hoepker for felony drug possession.

Hoepker was charged Tuesday with aggravated unlawful possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (PCP); and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).

Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris said police found about 2.1 grams of methamphetamine, 1 gram of PCP and just under 1 gram of cocaine in Hoepker's room.

The charge alleging he had methamphetamine while on university property is the most serious, carrying penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison upon conviction.

Judge Rich Klaus set Hoepker's bond at $10,000 and ordered him to be back in court Nov. 15.

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Fromthearea wrote on October 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm

PCP? METH?!? In the dorms? Holy CATS! Get this kid into rehab NOW! It's such a waste a kid who is smart enough to be at UI at 17 is about to ruin the rest of his life with a felony charge over drugs, not to mention all the people that could have been hurt stemming from using those drugs. Wow.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on October 19, 2011 at 1:10 am
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I'm for legalization, but against second-hand smoke.

It's like sexuality, and loud motorcycles. You can't impose it on others.