Out on bond, suspected drug dealer jailed again

Out on bond, suspected drug dealer jailed again

URBANA — A Champaign man out on bond for allegedly selling heroin near a park in Champaign on at least four occasions in July was arrested again Tuesday for possessing heroin believed to be intended for sale.

Jayson Johnson, 38, who listed his address as the 900 block of West Columbia Avenue, was charged Wednesday with three counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin.

Two of the counts allege that he had the drug within 1,000 feet of Faith Community Crusaders Church and Kingswood School, both located at 2111 N. Willow Road, U. Possessing drugs within 1,000 feet of a park, church or school enhances potential penalties. He was arrested by Urbana police.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said a sergeant noticed a car running with no one in it in the parking lot of the Eastland Suites, 1907 N. Cunningham Ave., about 9:20 p.m. He checked the license plates and found that the car was registered to a rental company.

When the car left the parking lot, the officer followed and initiated a stop as the car was turning on to Interstate 74. Bennett said the sergeant noticed the driver pitch something out the window, which was captured on the squad car's camera, before the car stopped.

When stopped, the driver was identified as Johnson, who had previous contacts with Champaign County sheriff's narcotics agents. The sergeant found a bag on the highway that contained about two-tenths of a gram of suspected heroin. Johnson also had a small amount of cannabis and three cell phones on him.

Police then went back to the motel room Johnson had been seen leaving and saw a woman coming out carrying several bags.

That woman, identified as Stephanie Marshall, 45, who listed an address in the 2500 block of Alton Drive, Champaign, acknowledged that she knew Johnson and that he had called her from the traffic stop.

She agreed to let officers search the bags. In one bag, they found $3,258 cash and a digital scale with suspected heroin residue on it. Marshall claimed the cash was a tax refund, Bennett said.

Police then got a search warrant for the room, where they found about 5 grams of cannabis in plastic bags, three boxes of sandwich bags, men's and women's clothing, and pill bottles with Johnson's and Marshall's names on them.

Marshall was charged with possession of a controlled substance and allowed to be released on recognizance. She's due back in court with a lawyer Aug. 15.

Bennett said Johnson's arrest by Urbana police Tuesday night came hours after he had been in court for a preliminary hearing in another drug case that had been filed July 19.

In that case, he is charged with six different drug-related counts alleging heroin possession and delivery on July 10, 12, 13 and 18. Some of those counts allege sales that occurred within 1,000 feet of parks in Champaign, Bennett said.

In that case, Johnson posted $22,500 cash to be released from jail two days after he was arrested. In a separate aggravated domestic battery case filed earlier, he posted a total of $5,000 cash bond. However, Bennett said, in an affidavit filed with the court in April, Johnson wrote that his monthly income was only $1,000.

Bennett on Wednesday asked Judge Holly Clemons to have a hearing on the source of bail before Johnson has the opportunity to be released in the case filed Wednesday. Clemons set his bond at $750,000 and told him to be back next Wednesday with a lawyer. To be released, he would have to put up $75,000 cash.

The purpose of the hearing which Bennett asked for — and Clemons allowed — is to make sure that the bail money comes from legitimate sources.

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rsp wrote on August 02, 2012 at 12:08 am

Clearly he isn't taking this court thing very seriously. At his age most people realize the things they have done wrong and try and make changes. This guy isn't even becoming a better drug dealer.

illini_trucker wrote on August 02, 2012 at 5:08 am

I'm all for locking up the bad guys. But we have rights and rules. I seemed to have missed the PROBABLE CAUSE in this! I see the case getting tossed unless there's a hidden probable cause behind stopping the car in the first place. Or did I miss that day on cspan where Obama bin Biden snuffed out that Constitutional Right?

paxtonite wrote on August 02, 2012 at 3:08 pm

The squad car captured the suspect throwing something out of the vehicle before the car was stopped.  There is your cause for the stop.  Littering on a public highway.

Mark Taylor wrote on August 02, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Obama bin Biden -- now that there is fuuuuunnn-nneeey!!!11!

Obama is soooo just like bin Laden. It's so obvious, right i-truck? Maobama has taken away dang near every single one of our freedoms, hasn't he? We hardly have any freedoms left, do we?

I won't bother to even list a single freedom Osama -- ooops, I mean Obummer -- has taken from us in his mad quest for power, sharia, gay Mexican rights, and Black Liberation Theology. We all know them, there's just no reason to point out a freedom we've lost under this Muslim Marxist communist fascist demonRAT union street thug Hollyweird elitist snob.

If only the lame stream media did it's job and vetted him he wouldn't even be presidenting right now because we all know that birth cert is a fake. Any fool can see that, right i-truck?

corruptville wrote on August 02, 2012 at 6:08 am
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Thing is they are the police they will make probable cause based on what ever they can make up, just like all pigs umm I mean cops do!

Who cares if he's selling drugs, drugs are not the problem in this country it's the laws that make drug addicts turn to crime and prevent these folks from getting the proper medical attention that addiction requires, that is the problem.

Making drugs illegal is not working will not work as history has proven. Our government and the police are just to bullheaded and dumb to admit they are and haver been fighting a war on people instead of addressing the real problem, Addiction!


rsp wrote on August 02, 2012 at 11:08 am

The trouble is you don't have any evidence he has a drug addiction. He posted $22,500 to get out of jail. Don't you think he could have found treatment for that kind of money? He got out of jail and within hours he rented a car to revive his business. What do you expect them to do, give him a small business loan?

corruptville wrote on August 02, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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I never said he personal had an addiction..... It's my belief that those he is serving to have an addiction and that our laws only make this problem worse. No jail is going to solve the worlds problems. They only serve as a training ground for those convicted of petty crimes to learn from those whom have raped and murdered our children friends and families, how to take steps to outwitt law enforcement upon release.

Problem is in this nation is the fact our prisons and jails are over crowded due to these drug laws. Drug dealers face more time than murderers and rapists, that's the real problem with our drug laws and not treating the addiction when possible FIRST. I'm no dummy I know that those with addictions must first want help, but when we are jailing addicts instead of true criminals that really make our streets dangerous, it deffeats the whole program all together. Police don't want you to know and understand this and that's why they have DARE and the billions of other ways they influince people into thinking that it's drugs that make our streets dangerous, when in reality it's the drug laws making over-crowding there-by  letting career criminals out on the streets ready to make you the next victim!

Just imagine if alcohol would of been kept illegal would we of been jailing the makers and dealers for life too?


rsp wrote on August 02, 2012 at 3:08 pm

He's a dealer, he creates addicts. He gets people to want his product. If they try to quit he tries to keep them using. That's what dealers do. Drug crimes don't happen in isolation. 

MSJ66 wrote on August 02, 2012 at 7:08 am

Corruptville my guess, based on what I have historically seen in drug cases, is that there has been required treatment as part of a plea or sentencing. If someone isn't willing to help themselves and has a true desire to quit using then no treatment works. What happens then is they just go out and keep doing what they were doing. At some point society needs to get these people off the street. Tired of this thought of its societies fault for not having resources available for everyone. When does personal accountability and responsibility come into the equation? Yes I agree these kind of people are sick and need help but I also know that until they are truly ready to change their life then no amount of resources or treatment will get them to quit using. Most of these people have had some form of treatment or the opportunity to use or get treatment and either didnt use it or didnt continue to do what they needed to stay clean and sober. So quit blaming society for individual behavior.

natebaux wrote on August 03, 2012 at 7:08 am

is it really any wonder?

but this is half way around the world, and probably unrelated.