Two from Urbana face crack cocaine charge

Two from Urbana face crack cocaine charge

URBANA — An Urbana couple who allegedly had crack cocaine intended for sale in their home have been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Tyrone Claiborne, 51, of the 2200 block of Lantern Hill Drive was arraigned Thursday on the Class X felony charge alleging that he possessed about 16 grams of crack cocaine in his home on Aug. 8.

Claiborne's girlfriend, Shantelle Johnson, 51, of the same address, had been charged Aug. 9 with the same offense. She's due back in court on Oct. 2.

Judge Rich Klaus set Claiborne's bond at $50,000 and also ordered him to be back in court Oct. 2.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said the couple had been under investigation by Champaign police, who conducted a court-ordered search of the home Aug. 8 and found about 14 grams of crack in a bedroom and about 3 grams in another place in the house.

Clifton said because Claiborne has felony convictions for burglary, theft, possession of burglary tools, possession of controlled substance and deceptive practices, he is eligible for sentencing as a Class X offender if convicted of the drug charge.

Johnson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor phone harassment in May 2011 and has been in mental health court since. A motion by the state to terminate her participation in that program has been filed and is expected to be heard Monday. She is free on bond.

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scollins4443 wrote on August 25, 2012 at 8:08 am
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Why is it all the prisons are filled with smalltime dealers? Get the rapist and murderers who slip through the cracks. There is one in Mahomet that has never been caught and there are others murders in that area that has never been solved. Quit bothering non-violent criminals and start getting the hardcore criminals off the street. Just saying.