Champaign man pleads innocent to controlled substance and weapons charges

CHAMPAIGN— A Champaign man is being held at the Champaign County Jail after sheriff's deputies found suspected drugs and two guns during a traffic stop.

Courtney Hamilton, 23, who listed an address in the 200 block of East Church Street, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Monday to unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon.

Judge John Kennedy set Hamilton's bond at $100,000 and scheduled his next court appearance for Oct. 2.

According to a Champaign County sheriff's report, Hamilton was a front seat passenger in a vehicle pulled over by a deputy at Broadway Avenue and University Avenue in Urbana at 1:08 a.m. Monday for failing to stop behind a marked crosswalk.

After Hamilton agreed to be searched, deputies found 0.1245 ounce (3.53 grams) of suspected powdered cocaine in his left front pants pocket. He also had an unmarked bottle allegedly containing the prescription drug Xanax and a .22-caliber bullet in the same pocket.

Deputies found two plastic bags, one in each of Hamilton's shoes. The bags contained a total of 1.845 ounces (52.32 grams) of suspected powdered cocaine.

Deputies also found two guns under the passenger seat, according to the report. One was a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun. The other was a .22-caliber revolver.

Information on the driver of the vehicle was not available on Monday night.

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rsp wrote on August 06, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Now if he had just taken advantage of that buy-back program the other day he life would be so much easier. If anyone else out there regrets not showing up I'm sure they will still help you out if you call. They would rather get it off the street. 

ilpatriot wrote on August 07, 2012 at 4:08 am

If the shotgun barrel was less than 18 inches long the case should be turned over to the Feds. 

VI. KNOWINGLY POSSESS OR MANUFACTURE CERTAIN FIREARMS:
Various offenses punishable by up to 5 or 10 years imprisonment, depending upon specific violation.

A. 26 USC § 5861. Generally unlawful to make or possess any unregistered machine gun or any part designed or intended exclusively for use in converting a weapon into such weapon, firearm silencer, sawed-off shotgun or rifle which meet specific length criteria, or destructive device (as defined in 26 USC § 5845); see also 18 USC § 922(o): generally unlawful to possess or transfer machine guns made on or after May 19, 1986;

I don't think the feds are as quite lenient as our local justice sytem.

billbtri5 wrote on August 07, 2012 at 3:08 pm

exactly, he must of had a FOID card as there was no mention of that charge either.  All of the clamor for more gun laws when in fact the ones we have now are rarely used...