Champaign man arrested following incident at Illinois Terminal

Champaign man arrested following incident at Illinois Terminal

CHAMPAIGN— Police arrested a Champaign man after officers saw him selling suspected heroin at Illinois Terminal.

Coritez Edwards, 23, who listed an address in the 1100 block of North Market Street, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Monday to armed violence, a Class X felony.

Judge Richard Klaus set Edwards’ bond at $10,000. Edwards’ next court appearance was set for Nov. 30.

According to a police report, police officers observed Edwards making a hand-to-hand transaction to sell a half gram of suspected heroin to another person inside Illinois Terminal, 45 E. University Ave., shortly after 1 p.m. Friday.

Police then arrested Edwards on University Avenue after he left the terminal building.

According to the report, officers searched Edwards and found a loaded .25-caliber handgun in his front coat pocket. The gun still had seven rounds in it.

Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Weber said police also found an additional half gram of suspected heroin on Edwards, along with $1,871 of cash and $140 of marked bills allegedly used during the transaction inside Illinois Terminal.

Following the arrest, Edwards admitted he is a part of a group selling heroin, admitted having the handgun and said that his cellphone had been used to make drug transactions. Weber said.

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danvillenative wrote on November 20, 2012 at 12:11 am

So u take over $1000 cash, loaded gun, and heroin off a violent drug dealer, great job police. Great job Champaign States attorney on $10,000 bond. After his "co-workers" bond him out for$1,000, he'll be selling heroin for two more years till he gets probation

Utowner wrote on November 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

If we legalized herion we could regulate its purity and quality and remove it from the black market.  This would help to eliminate the negative spill-over effects that we currently experience in the form of street violence among warring dealers and overdose deaths among users due to the unknown strength of the drug.  We could also avoid having to prosecute, house, feed, provide medical care to, and eventually 'rehabilitate' Mr. Edwards and others like him.  Dealers would essentially be driven out of the market as prices would fall and users would have a safer method to obtain the drug.  The tax revenue from sale could then be split among the general fund and a new fund under public health to help treat addiction.  We could also reinvest some of the money we spend on law enforcement and prosecution of drug offenders to treat addiction across the board and also put some of the savings back into the general fund.