Man who admitted having cannabis gets probation

Man who admitted having cannabis gets probation

URBANA — A University of Illinois student who admitted having cannabis intended for sale in his apartment was sentenced Monday to first offender's probation.

The sentence for Benjamin W. Joseph, 21, whose last known address was in the 500 block of East Stoughton Street, Champaign, means that if he successfully completes the two-year period with no other problems, he will not have a record of a conviction.

Joseph pleaded guilty before Judge Heidi Ladd to possession with intent to deliver cannabis, admitting to having between 10 and 30 grams of cannabis in his home on Feb. 19. A more serious felony charge alleging possession of between 500 and 2,000 grams was dismissed in return for his guilty plea.

At the time of the arrest, UI police said police found over a pound of cannabis in the apartment that Joseph shared with roommate Matthew Battaglia, 22, and other indicators that the two were selling cannabis.

They also found $1,230 on Joseph, which included marked bills that police had given to drug informants to buy drugs from the men on prior occasions.

Battaglia's case has been continued to July 30.

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