Man faces drug charge after traffic stop

Man faces drug charge after traffic stop

URBANA — A Champaign man who police say possessed several bags of suspected heroin intended for sale Monday is due back in court in October.

Dejermaine Pettis, 18, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Joanne Lane, was charged Tuesday with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Champaign police Sgt. Tom Walker said Pettis was a passenger in a car that police stopped about 6 p.m. near the corner of Springfield and Mattis avenues. The driver was found to have a revoked license. Police then found a hypodermic syringe in the car.

Walker said a search of Pettis, who was in the back seat, turned up seven bags of suspected heroin, which weighed less than 10 grams.

Pettis was charged Tuesday with a Class 2 felony, had his bond set at $10,000 and was told to be back in court Oct. 8. If convicted, he faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

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