Man pleads guilty in Ecstasy case

URBANA — A Chicago man who admitted having a small amount of Ecstasy on the University of Illinois campus in February has been sentenced to two years of first offender's probation.

The sentence means that if Shaji Ali, 24, successfully completes his sentence he will have no permanent record of a drug conviction.

Ali pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Tom Difanis to possession of a controlled substance, admitting that he had a tablet of Ecstasy on Feb. 2.

University of Illinois police found the drug on him as they were investigating a number of people who had been to an Urbana night club. They arrested five men in a parking garage underneath Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and found cash, powdered Ecstasy, Ecstasy tablets, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, and nitrous oxide, according to UI police.

The cases of the four co-defendants are unresolved. All are due back in court May 14.

Ali was also ordered to perform 30 hours of public service.

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