Man gets 18 years over drug, violence charges

Man gets 18 years over drug, violence charges

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man has been sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to drug and armed violence charges.

Coritez C. Edwards, 23, who listed an address in the 900 block of Alagna Drive, pleaded guilty Monday to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and to armed violence.

Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced Edwards to three years in prison on the drug count, with credit for 120 days already served, and to 15 years in prison on the armed violence count, with credit for two days already served.

The two sentences are to be served consecutively.

As part of a plea agreement, two counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and one count of narcotics possession were dismissed.

The controlled substance charges stem from incidents on Jan. 28 and 30 in the 1100 block of Eureka Street and the 1200 block of Eureka, respectively.

Edwards allegedly sold crack cocaine to a source working with police on both occasions.

The armed violence charge stems from an incident in which police officers saw him selling suspected heroin at Illinois Terminal in November 2012.

According to a police report, police officers observed Edwards making a hand-to-hand transaction to sell a half-gram of suspected heroin to another person inside the terminal.

Police then arrested Edwards on University Avenue after he left the terminal building.

According to the report, officers searched Edwards and found a loaded .25-caliber handgun in his front coat pocket. The gun still had seven rounds in it.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said police also found an additional half-gram of suspected heroin on Edwards, along with $1,871 in cash and $140 in marked bills allegedly used during the transaction inside Illinois Terminal.

Following the arrest, Edwards admitted he is a part of a group selling heroin, admitted having the handgun and said that his cellphone had been used to make drug transaction, Weber said.

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