Two face drug charges in Champaign

Two face drug charges in Champaign

URBANA — Two Urbana men accused of drug activity in Champaign over the weekend are due back in court later this month.

Jamonte Hill, 18, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Geraldine Avenue, was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Richard Howard, 42, of the 1200 block of East Harding Drive, was charged with possession of cocaine and heroin.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said the charges stemmed from their arrests Saturday at a home in the 700 block of Haines Boulevard in Champaign.

Clark said officers were advised of suspected drug activity at the home because a sport utility vehicle had been seen there four different times in two days.

When officers approached the SUV, they found Howard, who had outstanding arrest warrants. He was also found to have about 4 grams of cocaine, 1.8 grams of heroin, and about a half gram of cannabis on him.

They then called Hill, who was inside the house, to come out, knowing he had a warrant for a city ordinance violation. On him they found a plastic bag containing about 1.6 grams of suspected crack cocaine, Clark said.

If convicted of his charges, Hill faces a mandatory prison sentence of four to 15 year.

Howard, if convicted, faces penalties ranging from probation to one to three years in prison.

Howard was also arraigned on two separate petitions to revoke probation accusing him of violating his probation in two different cases where he was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance. The petitions allege he tested positive for cocaine, heroin and marijuana on three occasions in January and February.

Judge Richard Klaus told both Hill and Howard to be back in court with their own attorneys on March 19.

Both remain free on bond.

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