Traffic stop leads to Class X felony drug charge

Traffic stop leads to Class X felony drug charge

URBANA — A Champaign man who had suspected crack cocaine on him when stopped by police for texting while driving has been charged with a Class X felony.

Urbana police investigator Matt Quinley said Keyonta Dunn, 18, of the 2600 block of Lawndale Drive, was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. Monday.

Quinley said that, in response to citizen complaints about possible drug activity, officers had been keeping an eye on an apartment complex in the 1700 block of East Florida Avenue for the last few weeks.

Late Monday morning, Dunn was seen leaving the complex and officers saw him texting while he was driving. That prompted them to pull him over.

Quinley said as that was happening, officers could see him putting something down his pants.

After determining that Dunn had no valid driver's license, officers arrested him. They then searched him and found 33 rocks of suspected crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $660, Quinley said.

Because Dunn allegedly had the suspected crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Crestview Park, that made the normally Class 1 felony a more serious Class X felony with penalties ranging from six to 30 years in prison upon conviction.

In addition to the drug charge, Dunn was also issued traffic tickets for not having a driver's license and texting while driving.

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