UI police arrest two on drug charges

UI police arrest two on drug charges

CHAMPAIGN — Two fraternity brothers were criminally charged Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court with drug offenses after their arrests by University of Illinois police Monday night.

UI police Sgt. Tom Geis said officers from his department's narcotics and street crimes units had collected enough information to obtain a search warrant for the apartment of Dalton Lukasik, 19, and Robert T. White, 20, at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, 911 S. Fourth St., C.

Police served it Monday night and in their room found more than a half-pound of cannabis (250 grams), 4.5 grams of suspected psilocybin, a scale and other packaging materials.

They also found about $2,500, which included cash for which police had recorded serial numbers before using it in previous drug purchases from the men.

Geis said the cannabis and the cash were found in a safe for which Lukasik said only he and White had the combination.

Both men are UI students. They were charged with possession with intent to deliver cannabis and possession of a controlled substance.

Both were told to be back in court May 7.

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Local Yocal wrote on April 02, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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250 grams? That's a serious felony. Not a problem....after they finish their spring semester at the U of I, a quietly negotiated plea deal will go down sometime in the summer when nobody is looking, and adult diversion will be provided. Not a bad idea, just not an option for us townies.

The boys won't miss a beat and will remain in good standing for the Fall Semester. But golly, doesn't that U of I Police Street Crimes Unit look impressive? Ka-ching, job security!




welive wrote on April 02, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Fyi thats only a class four felony probation is all they can recieve.or one year in the county Jail

Local Yocal wrote on April 02, 2013 at 6:04 pm
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FYI, Class 4 felonies are punishable with 1 to 3 years in the penitentiary, probation is a possibility not to exceed 30 months, and they may qualify for drug court,

If they are charged with intent to deliver, then it is a Class 3 felony worth 2 to 5 years in the penitentiary, it too is probationable and there may be a drug court possibility.

j.dexter wrote on April 02, 2013 at 8:04 pm

They will get "first offender" probation and most likely get separated from the U of I for two years.

EL YATIRI wrote on April 08, 2013 at 10:04 am
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UIUCHoopFan wrote on April 02, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Look for this to possibly head to The Office of Student Discipline or diversion.  They should both get the boot from UIUC......not to mention their invitation to exit from the fraternity.

Danno wrote on April 02, 2013 at 9:04 pm

C'mon! I wasn't in a frat but...Remember Dean Wormer!?...Remember when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor!? When the the goin' gets tuff...the...um...uh...the tuff get goin'! Animal House!!

Local Yocal wrote on April 03, 2013 at 8:04 am
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Lukasik and White, turns out, are charged with intent to deliver more than 30 grams but not more than 500 grams of cannibus on school grounds, a Class 2 felony, punishable by a sentence of 3 to 7 years in the penitentiary, a fine of no more than $100,000 and probation not to exceed 4 years. There's another Class 4 felony added for the mushrooms.

Since both secured private attorneys, (one of which is Mark Lipton, a Rietz favorite) look for serious felonies to be knocked down to misdemeanors.

All of which is fine, just that no locals are rarely treated to such leniency.  

GeneralLeePeeved wrote on April 04, 2013 at 8:04 am

As always, you get the level of justice that you can afford.

Sid Saltfork wrote on April 04, 2013 at 11:04 am

"The more money you have; the better you live in America." :  Charles Luciano ( Italian legal immigrant )

Local Yocal wrote on April 04, 2013 at 11:04 am
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"Life is like a poop sandwich. It goes down easier with a lot of bread." 

Soooo.....if Lukasik and White could not afford private attorneys, they would deserve prison?

If history is any indicator, as in the comparable cases of Christohper Flores, age 22; and Richard Failla, age 21, doing essentially the same thing as White and Lukasik, dealing marijuana on the campus and then hiring private attorneys after getting caught; the two can expect to have their serious felonies dismissed, they will plead guilty to the lessor Class 4 felony, receive 24 months probation at their cost of $600.00, 30 hours of community service, submit saliva samples to the state data base at their cost of $250.00, pay a crime lab fee of $100.00, a crimestoppers fee of $10.00, and the fines and court costs will be an additional $3000-$3,500. The fines will be divided in the following way: 12.5% to the "Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Fund" (which does what?) 37.5% to the general corporate fund of Champaign County Government, and 50% to the U of I Police Department.

Depending on the amount of public embarassment Lukasik and White have caused, the two might be kicked out of the frat, might get kicked out of the U of I.

Open up the checkbook Mom and Dad, this is going to get expensive.   

GeneralLeePeeved wrote on April 04, 2013 at 11:04 am

....and you're leaving out the nice chunk of change that will go to the prestigious firm of Dewey, Cheatem & Howe!

Bulldogmojo wrote on April 04, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Just wait until they get arrested for carrying a stun gun 40 years from now at the assembly hall. This pot conviction will really get them locked up with the key thrown away then. If this were Colorado they would be hailed as great Americans for being tax paying entrepreneurs doing their part for small business.

Local Yocal wrote on April 05, 2013 at 2:04 am
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...or had they been crackerjack salesmen for Orange and Blue Distributors or Hamburg Distributors they would have been heralded as young go-getters doing,....that Great American-Thingy you said above. Paying taxes, advertising with "big," local media outlets, and epitomizing small business genius: feeding the addictions of recreational highs, while sponsoring a college basketball game-or-two, perhaps a creative all-campus binge-drinking holiday! (--only for those 21-years-of-age-and-over of course ;) ;) ;)

Unless...........The State's Attorney held it over their heads that they were responsible for the uptick in DUI's on the road, drunken aggravated batteries, unconscious sexual assaults, and multiple emergency-room visits for alcohol poisenings.

If that, then the bright, young men, engaging in some Risky Business, might be construed to be harmful drug dealers by a prosecutor on their moral high horse.