Man charged with being armed habitual criminal

Man charged with being armed habitual criminal

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man who police say had drugs and a weapon in a Champaign hotel room has been charged with being an armed habitual criminal.

The Class X felony charge against Bobby Thomas, 31, whose last known address was in the 100 block of East Roper Street, alleges that on Wednesday he had a loaded .38-caliber revolver in a hotel room.

Police reports indicate officers had been watching the hotel in the 600 block of Marketview Drive where he was staying so they could arrest him on a warrant for driving under suspension.

As he left the hotel Wednesday, police arrested him and found on him about a half-ounce of cocaine, about 2 grams of cannabis, and a hotel room key.

Officers then obtained a search warrant for the hotel room and found the loaded gun, almost 3 more ounces of cocaine, two digital scales, assorted plastic bags, and a sealer.

Thomas was also charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, also a Class X felony. If convicted, he faces six to 30 years in prison.

Thomas' bond was set at $150,000. He was told to be back in court Dec. 15.