Man gets 8-year prison term in drug case

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted that he had drugs for sale more than a year ago was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison.

Because of a prior conviction for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, Gregory Johnson, 24, whose last known address was in the 1600 block of Wiley Drive, had to be sentenced to prison for the more recent conviction.

Johnson pleaded guilty in April before Judge Harry Clem to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, admitting that on Jan. 20, 2012, while he was living in the 2100 block of West White Street in Champaign, he had about 8 grams of cocaine, scales, and cutting agents commonly used in drugs at that home.

The drugs and other contraband were found during a court-ordered search of his home by Urbana police, who had been investigating his alleged drug activity.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said in addition to the prior drug conviction, Johnson had a misdemeanor driving under the influence conviction.

He was given credit on his sentence for about eight months already served.

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