UI police arrest Champaign man over marijuana

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois police arrested a Champaign man on Tuesday after police found items allegedly used for marijuana sales while they were executing a search warrant in connection with an unrelated campus robbery.

Alejandro Salinas, 19, who listed an address in the 100 block of East Green Street, was charged Wednesday with felony unlawful possession with the intent to deliver cannabis.

After Salinas asked for more time to hire an attorney, Judge Richard Klaus set his next court appearance for Dec. 12.

According to UI Police Sgt. Tom Geis, police learned about Salinas' activity while they were executing a search warrant after the robbery of an 18-year-old Urbana man at First and John streets about 8 p.m. Monday.

Geis said that after the victim identified his attacker through photos that police had, police got a search warrant for that man's apartment in the 100 block of East Green Street.

Police executed the search warrant at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday and arrested Taaj K. Martin, 20; who listed an address in the 100 block of East Green Street, C.; and Luis C. Davalos, 18, who listed an address on College Court in Urbana, for aggravated robbery.

Police said that Davalos set up the meeting between Martin and his victim.

According to Geis, while police officers were executing the search warrant, they found more than 1 ounce of suspected marijuana, a scale, packaging materials and cash allegedly belonging to Salinas in the same home. Geis said the items led police to believe that Salinas was involved in the sale of marijuana.

Salinas was not at home at the time of the initial police visit, so they returned to the home later that day, found Salinas in the residence and arrested him.


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getoverhere wrote on December 02, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Start fighting real crime, University Police. You chuckleheads are a burden to my tax dollar.