Arrests bring drug, weapons charges

URBANA — Two men were charged with drug offenses and a third with a weapons violation in two unrelated arrests that happened Tuesday.

About 4 p.m., Urbana police saw Robert Ybarra, 55, of the 700 block of East Colorado Avenue, Urbana, driving near the intersection of Colorado and Anderson Street.

Knowing that his license was suspended, police stopped him and arrested him for that.

In a search after his arrest, the officer found three separate bags containing crack cocaine that weighed a total of 1.3 grams. He also had a pocket knife with suspected crack cocaine residue on it and $1,049 cash on him.

Ybarra told police he was using and not selling, the report said.

Ybarra was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. He was told to be back in court March 20 for a probable cause hearing.

In a separate case, Deandre Lewis, 25, who listed an address in the 1200 block of South Lierman Avenue, Urbana, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

A Champaign police report said police were sent to the area of Garwood and Clock streets for a shots fired call.

Officers saw a vehicle leaving that area quickly without headlights on and stopped it.

The passenger, later identified as Lewis, got out and ran. In his path of flight, officers found a bag containing five rocks of suspected crack cocaine weighing 2.9 grams.

The driver, Demario Brown, 18, of the 2200 block of Country Squire Drive, Urbana, consented to a search of the vehicle. Police found a bag with 12 rounds of .32-caliber ammunition and a bag with four smaller bags of suspected cannabis.

Brown was charged with possession of firearm ammunition by a convicted felon.

Lewis had his case set for a March 20 probable cause hearing while Brown was told to be back in court April 24.

If convicted of the drug offense, Lewis faces a mandatory prison sentence of between four and 30 years.

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