Indiana man sent to prison in drug case

Indiana man sent to prison in drug case

URBANA — An Indianapolis man who was convicted of having cocaine for sale in Champaign while on probation for a similar crime in Indiana has been sentenced to 15 years in the Illinois penitentiary.

A Champaign County jury convicted Marquis Miles, 24, in November of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in connection with an Aug. 22 raid on the home of Miles' girlfriend in the 900 block of Pomona Drive.

Champaign police, Illinois state troopers and Drug Enforcement Administration officers joined in serving a search warrant at the home of Mykeshia Lipscomb, 32, where they found about an ounce of powder cocaine and about a half-ounce of crack cocaine.

Police got the warrant after using confidential sources to make buys of cocaine from the home.

Miles was in the home at the time of the raid and made statements to DEA agents admitting his involvement but denied at trial that the drugs were his.

On Wednesday, Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar sought the 15-year term, although Judge Tom Difanis could have sentenced Miles to up 30 years.

Lozar said Miles had a prior juvenile conviction for fleeing and eluding a police officer and as an adult was convicted earlier in 2012 in Marion County, Ind., for delivery of a controlled substance. He was on probation at the time of the August raid in Champaign.

Lipcomb's case is unresolved and she is due back in court Feb. 19.

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