Champaign man charged with selling crack cocaine

Champaign man charged with selling crack cocaine

UPDATED 3:15 p.m.

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly sold crack cocaine to police informants in Champaign for the past couple of months has been criminally charged.

Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said he filed four counts of delivery of a controlled substance against Derrick Barber, 36, on Wednesday, a day after Champaign police picked him up on North Prospect Avenue in the afternoon.

Champaign police Sgt. Tom Walker said his team of drug investigators received information in the summer that Barber, who is on parole for a 2000 federal drug conviction, was dealing in crack cocaine.

"We made four buys from him in various spots in Champaign," said Walker.

The buys allegedly happened within 1,000 feet of a church in the 300 block of South Mattis Avenue, a fact that enhances the penalties upon conviction.

Clifton said Barber, whose last known local address was in the 2600 block of Dale Drive, allegedly sold more than a gram of crack cocaine on July 26, Aug. 7 and Aug. 27, and less than a gram on Tuesday.

Walker said the total amount purchased was about 11.6 grams, or under a half-ounce.

Police decided to arrest Barber on Tuesday after the fourth transaction. A search of him and the motel room on Anthony Drive where he was staying produced no drugs. However, police seized $2,600 in cash and a 1998 BMW, which the state will try to prove were the results of his drug business and therefore subject to forfeiture.

The counts alleging more than a gram are Class X felonies, carrying a prison term of six to 30 years upon conviction. The charge alleging less than a gram is a Class 1 felony.

Clifton said Barber also has an unrelated possession of cocaine case pending from earlier this summer. The Champaign County Sheriff's Office arrested him for allegedly possessing a small amount of cocaine on June 22.

Besides the federal drug conviction for which he was on parole, Clifton said, Barber has other convictions for aggravated battery, possession of weapons by a felon and delivery of a controlled substance.

Judge Richard Klaus set Barber’s bond at $250,000 and ordered him to be back in court Nov. 20.

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