Plea to cocaine charge brings probation

Plea to cocaine charge brings probation

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted possessing crack cocaine has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Norbert Bailey Jr., 21, who listed an address in the 1000 block of North Hickory Street, pleaded guilty in May to having the drugs in his home on March 16. He was sentenced in Champaign County Circuit Court on Friday.

In return for his plea, other more serious charges of armed violence and possession with intent to deliver cocaine were dismissed.

Bailey had been arrested after a court-authorized search of his home by members of the Champaign police department's community action team.

In addition to about 8 grams of crack cocaine, police found a loaded gun and 13 grams of cannabis in the house.

Judge Harry Clem also ordered Bailey to get mental health and substance abuse evaluations and pay fines of about $450.

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