Rantoul men charged in drug case
UPDATED 4:40 p.m. Friday
RANTOUL — Two Rantoul men were charged Friday with drug-related offenses after police found drugs and a stolen weapon in their home Thursday.
Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach said based on an ongoing investigation police obtained a search warrant for 808 Illinois Drive, Rantoul, the home of David Nierenhausen, 40, and Shane Burdette, 20.
Beach said police had information that the pair had been selling drugs from the house for several months.
During the court-ordered search, Beach said, police found more than 2 pounds of cannabis, hallucinogenic mushrooms, a small amount of LSD, scales, packaging materials, two rifles and two handguns.
Beach said police discovered that one of the handguns had been reported stolen in September 2011 from a vehicle in Urbana.
Nierenhausen was charged Friday with armed violence for having the weapon at the same time he had cannabis intended for sale; possession with intent to deliver cannabis; possession of the stolen .357-caliber Ruger; possession of less than 15 grams of LSD; and possession of less than 15 grams of psilocybin.
Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said the guns, about 11/2 pounds of the cannabis, the LSD, psilocybin and $2,500 cash were all found in Nierenhausen's bedroom.
Burdette was charged only with possession with intent to deliver cannabis.
Weber said both men admitted to police that they had been selling drugs regularly from their home to multiple customers.
Weber said Burdette recently completed a term of first-offender probation for possession with intent to deliver cannabis. Judge Rich Klaus set his bond at $10,000 and told him to be back in court Nov. 9 with his own attorney.
Nierenhausen had three ordinance violation convictions for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia in his past. Klaus granted his request for the services of the public defender and set his bond at $100,000. He's due back in court Dec. 18.
If convicted of the most serious offense, armed violence, Nierenhausen faces 15 to 30 years in prison. Burdette faces penalties ranging from probation to two to five years in prison if convicted.