Florida man faces drug charges from Champaign arrest

Florida man faces drug charges from Champaign arrest

UPDATED 5:45 p.m.

URBANA — A Florida man who police say had hallucinogenic mushrooms and cannabis for sale in Champaign has been charged with a variety of felony offenses.

Eric Bruaw, 40, of Orlando, was arrested by Champaign police about 2:10 a.m. Friday after an officer responding to a call saw what he believed to be a drug transaction in the alley behind the 0-100 block of East Springfield Avenue.

A Champaign police report said the officer saw Bruaw showing three to five people items in his trunk. When the officer approached, the group ran away and Bruaw went inside a nearby residence. He then came out, walking quickly away with a backpack.

The officer saw him dump the backpack as he walked away. Recovered by officers, the pack contained about 3 1/2 pounds (1,603 grams) of psilocybin; a tenth of a gram of cocaine; and about an ounce of cannabis.

The report said the backpack also contained assorted prescription medications in a plastic bag, a scale and a cannabis pipe.

The report said Bruaw admitted that he had discarded the backpack and that he was trying to sell the mushrooms, which he said he cultivated in Florida and brought here to sell.

He was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a Class X felony for the mushrooms; possession of a controlled substance for the cocaine; and possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

If convicted of the most serious offense, he faces between six and 30 years in prison.

Bruaw is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $50,000 bond. His next court appearance has been set for Aug. 7.