Discovery of suspected cocaine nets probation
URBANA — A Champaign man arrested after police found suspected drugs in his clothing during a traffic stop has been sentenced to 24 months of probation.
Martez L. Taylor, 22, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Hollyhill, Champaign, pleaded guilty this week to unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
As part of a plea agreement, a second charge of manufacture or delivery of cocaine was dismissed.
Judge Harry Clem sentenced Taylor to 24 months of probation, 22 days in the county jail with credit for 22 days already served, and to pay court costs.
Clem ordered Taylor to submit blood, saliva or tissue specimens to the state police or the Illinois Department of Corrections within 45 days; to obtain an evaluation for alcohol and drug abuse and follow any recommendations made during the evaluation.
Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Larson said police stopped Taylor’s vehicle in Rantoul on Jan. 5 for a vehicle code violation. During the traffic stop, officers found less than 15 grams of suspected cocaine in his clothing and arrested him.