Two people arrested in Rantoul on drug charges

RANTOUL — Police arrested two Rantoul residents over the weekend after suspected drugs were found during a traffic stop.

Bobby Gene Walker, 47, who listed an address in Rantoul, pleaded innocent on Monday to two counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and one count of manufacture or delivery of cocaine.

Walker is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $20,000 bond. His next court appearance has been set for Oct. 24.

Susan Ruddy, 49, who listed an address in Rantoul, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and was ticketed for failure to signal.

Ruddy was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 29.

According to a police report, a patrol officer noticed a vehicle, driven by Ruddy, traveling east on U.S. 136 near Murray Road at 2:10 a.m. Saturday. The vehicle was moving in the inside lane with its right-turn signal on, but it never made a right turn or changed lanes.

The police officer thought the driver might be impaired, so he began to follow it.

At that point, the vehicle made an abrupt turn into a residential driveway and immediately turned off its headlights.

When the officer turned around, Ruddy turned her lights back on and started to pull back out onto U.S. 136, leading the officer to pull over the vehicle at a location within 1,000 feet of Broadmeadow School.

After both Ruddy and her passenger, Walker, agreed to be searched by police, officers found 0.08 ounce (2.2 grams) of suspected cocaine packaged in three separate bags on Ruddy's person.

Police said that further investigation led police to make a connection between Walker and the drugs. Police declined to provide additional details on Monday night.

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