Champaign man arrested near youth talent show

URBANA— A Champaign man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on a drug charge following his arrest near a youth talent show on Saturday afternoon.

Cortez Wright, 31, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Williamsburg Drive, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Monday to unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance.

According to police and state's attorney's offices in Champaign and McDonough counties, a warrant had been issued in McDonough County for Wright's arrest for failure to pay his fine from a 2009 conviction for obstructing justice.

A Champaign police officer was patrolling the 600 block of East Eureka Street at 5:22 p.m. Saturday when he saw Wright near a youth talent show for the CU Day at Douglass Park.

Since the officer knew that Wright was wanted for the McDonough County warrant, he arrested Wright.

When the officer searched Wright, he found one large baggie holding 13 smaller knotted baggies containing a total of 13 rocks of suspected heroin in Wright's pants pocket.

The suspected heroin weighed a total of 5.1 grams (about 0.18 ounce), according to the report.

Wright's bond was set at $155,000. His next court appearance was scheduled for Aug. 21.

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Nunknunk wrote on August 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

So the fact that this man is a sex offender and has been labeled as a predator does not warrant any charges?  He was at a park where a youth talent show was being held! Does anyone else see any red flags here?

scollins4443 wrote on August 14, 2012 at 10:08 am
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Which article are you refering to about him being labeled a sexual preditor and no charges are being filed? He is labeled a absconder from McDonough county and a drug dealer of heroin in Champaign county. Douglas Park is off limits to drug dealers of some 1500 feet. Maybe you percieved this wrong. Just saying. Is there more about this person I haven't read? let me know.

Nunknunk wrote on August 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

Yes, he is a drug dealer and yes, he has a warrant from another county, but he is also is a sex offender who had no business being near the park. None of this is in the article and that's what I was asking...why isn't any of it in the article? Since they are charging him with all of his crimes of that day, why is he not being charged with that as well?