Homeless man faces cocaine charge

URBANA — A homeless man who allegedly had cocaine packaged for sale on him Friday is due back in Champaign County Circuit Court in September.

University of Illinois police arrested Anthony Caston, 29, who last lived in Urbana, about 9:20 p.m. Friday, UI Sgt. Tom Geis said.

Geis said Officer Charles Hoskins saw Caston near the area of Fourth and Green streets, recognized him, and knew he was wanted for a city of Champaign violation.

Geis said Hoskins and another officer made contact with Caston and searched him after his arrest on the city warrant.

They found two pipes typically used for smoking cannabis and four packs of suspected cocaine totaling just over 4 grams.

Caston was charged Monday with unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison upon conviction.

Caston is due back in court Sept. 25. Judge Tom Difanis allowed him to remain free on his own recognizance.

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RHANNAH wrote on July 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm

1. HE WILL GET CONVICTED.

2. HE WILL RECEIVE THREE GOOD MEALS A DAY AND NO LONGER BE HOMELESS OR FREEZE TO DEATH THIS WINTER.

 

3. COST TO TAX PAYERS ABOUT $40,000.00 PER YEAR.

 

4. WE CAN NOT AFFORD TO PLAY AS PARENTS FOR ADULTS THAT MAKE STUPID CHOICES. THEIR WILL ALWAYS BE DOPE SELLERS AND USERS. WE ONLY NEED TO LOCK UP THE ONES THAT STEAL OR VIOLENT ONES.

Sid Saltfork wrote on July 31, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Why do we have to lock up, and feed the convicted habitual criminals; especially the violent ones? 

BelindaT wrote on August 01, 2012 at 2:08 am

Wouldn't rehab be smarter and mandatory drug testing?