California man facing trafficking charge in marijuana arrest

URBANA — A California man is due back in court Jan. 29 following his arrest for marijuana trafficking in Champaign County.

Cary Kallembach, 47, who listed an address in Oroville, Calif., and who formerly lived in Urbana, pleaded innocent on Wednesday to unlawful marijuana trafficking.

If convicted of the Class X felony, Kallembach faces 12 to 60 years in prison.

According to a police report, on Nov. 26, Champaign County sheriff's deputies did a court-ordered search of a Champaign apartment. They found 19.1 pounds of suspected marijuana, 0.37 ounces (10.6 grams) of suspected cocaine and two digital scales, according to the report.

The resident told police that he had been selling marijuana. He said his dealer fronted him the marijuana and that he owed the dealer $40,000 for it. He told police that the dealer was supposed to return close to Christmas to pick up his money and to bring more marijuana.

When Kallembach showed up at the man's home Monday, police were there waiting to arrest him. While Kallembach did not bring any marijuana with him, he said he was there to get his money, police said.

Kallembach admitted coming from California to collect drug debts and to providing marijuana to the resident in the past. He also said he expected to make thousands of dollars from providing marijuana.

Kallembach was released from the Champaign County Jail after posting 10 percent of a $100,000 bond.

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