Chicago man arrested in drug case at Champaign bus terminal

URBANA — A Chicago man was criminally charged Thursday with allegedly having heroin intended for sale in Champaign.

An Illinois State Police report said a trooper saw Lawfette M. Johnson, 27, get off a bus at the Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign on Wednesday, retrieve a duffle bag, and start to walk away quickly from the bus.

The trooper asked Johnson if he would speak to him and Johnson agreed. The trooper specifically asked him about the bag and Johnson gave him permission to search it, the report said.

In the bag were six boxes of soap, five of which were sealed. In the one that was open, the trooper found an off-white rock-like substance that field tested positive for the presence of heroin and weighed about a half-ounce.

Johnson was arrested Wednesday and on Thursday was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, a Class X felony, and possession of a controlled substance.

Because of prior criminal convictions, Johnson is eligible for up to 60 years in prison if convicted of the Class X felony.

Judge Richard Klaus set Johnson's bond at $150,000 and told him to be back in court Dec. 19.

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