2 charged after car search

URBANA — Two Champaign men are being held at the Champaign County Jail on $25,000 bond each following their arrests over the weekend for armed violence in Urbana.

Philemon D. Dukes, 17, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Mittendorf Drive, Champaign, and Delancion D. Newsome, 17, who listed an address in the 1100 block of Maplepark Drive, Champaign, were both charged with one count of felony armed violence and two counts of felony aggravated use of a weapon.

Their next court appearance was set for June 18.

According to an Urbana police report, officers were patrolling the downtown area at 8:44 p.m. Sunday because a nearby concert had just concluded when they noticed two men, identified as Dukes and Newsome, sitting in a car in a parking lot in the 300 block of South Broadway Avenue, Urbana.

When the officers detected the odor of suspected marijuana coming from the car, police said they asked for permission to search the vehicle.

The officers said they discovered over 13 grams of suspected marijuana packaged to sell on one of the two men and then found a loaded handgun in the back seat of the vehicle, leading to the arrests.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on April 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

Was the gun legally in their possession?  Did one of them have a FOID card?

Throw out the marijuana possession, and prosecute them to the full extent on the possession of an illegal gun.  Get illegal guns, and those who carry them off of the streets.  Put them in a re-education camp with manual labor duties.