Savoy man charged in cannabis case
URBANA — A Savoy man who allegedly had more than 2 pounds of cannabis and thousands of dollars in cash in his apartment last week has been criminally charged in Champaign County.
Brett M. Shaw, 24, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Village Parkway, was charged Monday with a single count of possession with intent to deliver cannabis stemming from a search of his apartment last week that turned up about 2 1/2 pounds of cannabis and led to the seizure of $29,000 cash both locally and in Kansas.
"There is no lack of cannabis in Champaign-Urbana," said University of Illinois police Capt. Roy Acree, adding that his department had been investigating Shaw for months. "It's a matter of catching the right person or giving the right person a break to get to a bigger fish. This guy was going all the way to Eugene, Ore., and Colorado to pick up his marijuana."
Acree said by last Thursday, UI drug investigators had enough information on Shaw's alleged drug activities to obtain a search warrant for his apartment.
With the help of Champaign County sheriff's investigators, they searched Thursday evening, finding about 2 1/2 pounds of cannabis and a little more than $9,500 in different places in Shaw's apartment.
"The decision was made not to arrest him at that time," said Acree.
"On Saturday, we get information that a person from Kansas University is going to be coming with additional cash that is owed to Shaw," Acree said.
Police monitored that meeting and learned that the Kansas student gave Shaw an additional $10,300 in cash. After he left Shaw's Savoy apartment, officers stopped his car, and found an additional $5,700 in it.
"Then we got the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigations in Lawrence, Kan., where they seized $3,505 (from the other man's apartment)," Acree said.
Acree said the total amount of cash seized by authorities was $29,000. The cannabis taken from Shaw's apartment had a street value of $1,300, Acree said.
Acree said the other man was not arrested but police continue to investigate him.
Shaw asked for a probable cause hearing and is due back in court April 16.
He continues to be held in the Champaign County jail. If convicted, he faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.