8-year sentence in heroin case

8-year sentence in heroin case

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted having heroin for sale last month has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd agreed to recommend Kentrell McFarland, 20, whose last known address was in the 500 block of Glenn Drive, for participation in the Department of Corrections' boot camp program.

McFarland pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession with intent to deliver heroin, admitting that on July 9 he had between five and 15 grams of the drug on him.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said Champaign police were watching an Urbana hotel on that day when they saw McFarland involved in what appeared to be a drug sale. They followed the car he was in to a fast food restaurant on Bloomington Road in Champaign and stopped it.

In a shopping bag was a pair of blue jeans belonging to McFarland and in the pocket of the jeans were 23 bags of heroin, Clifton said.

McFarland was also ordered to pay $6,380 in fines and fees. The probation he was serving for a theft conviction was terminated unsuccessfully.

Clifton said McFarland also had prior adjudications as a juvenile for domestic battery and aggravated battery.

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