UI student charged in drug case
URBANA — University of Illinois police arrested a UI student who had more than $7,000 cash and almost a pound of cannabis in his apartment.
Benjamin R. Hilgendorf, 22, who listed an address in the 300 block of East Daniel Street, Champaign, was arrested by UI narcotics and street crimes officers Wednesday night following a court-ordered search of his apartment.
Sgt. Tom Geis said police had been investigating Hilgendorf for about a month and had enough information to seek the warrant Wednesday.
In his apartment, they found about 12 ounces of cannabis, a crock pot with cannabis being made into "cannabis butter" to be used in cooking, several pills used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a digital scale, hollowed out books that had cash inside them, and a powder that police suspect is Ecstasy. In all, they found $7,520 in the apartment, Geis said.
On Wednesday, the state's attorney's office filed a single count of possession with intent to deliver cannabis against Hilgendorf.
If convicted of the Class 2 felony, Hilgendorf faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.
Judge Holly Clemons allowed Hilgendorf to be released on his own recognizance and told him to be back in court May 7.