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.