Champaign man admits pot charge, gets prison

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted having cannabis in his home intended for sale was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.

Raymond Barneske, 51, whose last known address was in the 900 block of Ford Harris Road, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver cannabis for having about 6 ounces (183 grams) of cannabis in his house on Dec. 12.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett told Judge Heidi Ladd that Champaign County sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at Barneske's home that day after having made previous controlled buys from him.

Barneske admitted that the cannabis was his and that he was selling it, Bennett said.

Bennett said Barneske had prior convictions for driving under revocation, aggravated DUI, burglary, resisting arrest and possession of cannabis.

He'll serve the sentence for the cannabis conviction after he completes a two-year prison sentence he received in December for driving under revocation.

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asparagus wrote on April 04, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Having or selling pot should not be a crime any more than selling liquor. Pot is relatively harmless compared to some other drugs (including alcohol and prescription meds).