Man on parole charged with drug crime

Man on parole charged with drug crime

URBANA — A Champaign man on parole for a drug-related conviction has been charged with another drug crime.

Kendun Payne, 31, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Columbia Avenue, was arrested early Tuesday morning by Champaign County sheriff's deputies after a search at his home.

Sheriff's Sgt. Will Davis said members of his street crimes unit had been investigating Payne for several months for alleged drug activity. Police had enough information to obtain a search warrant for his home, which they served about 5:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Davis said deputies found several digital scales with cocaine residue, about 6 grams of cannabis, packaging material and paraphernalia for smoking cannabis.

On Wednesday, the state's attorney's office charged Payne with unlawful delivery of controlled substance. Assistant State's Attorney Chris Kanis said Payne admitted to deputies that he had sold cocaine on Monday.

In a second count he is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, based on the cocaine found in his home.

Because of prior drug-related convictions, Payne faces sentencing as a Class X felon if convicted of the most recent crimes.

Court records show he is on parole for a 2008 drug-related conviction. He also had a 2001 drug-related conviction and a 2001 retail theft conviction.

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