Man faces heroin charge after traffic stop

Man faces heroin charge after traffic stop

CHAMPAIGN- A Schaumburg man is expected to be formally charged Monday with having approximately $40,000 worth of heroin allegedly headed for Tennessee in a car in Champaign County.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said an Illinois State trooper stopped a southbound car on Interstate 57 near Champaign about 11:30 a.m. Friday after noting an alleged traffic violation.

Rietz said a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the car. A search turned up 286 grams, or 10 ounces, of heroin in the fuel tank lid. That amounts to 2,860 individuals doses of the drug.

Rietz said the driver, Anthony C. Buchanan, 40, told police he was taking the heroin from Chicago to Memphis to sell.

Buchanan appeared in bond court in Urbana Saturday, where a judge set his bond at $200,000. Rietz said he would likely be charged Monday with the Class X felony of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

On Wednesday, Illinois State Police stopped two Champaign County men on I-57 in Iroquois County for allegedly having about 4 ounces of heroin valued at $22,400 in their vehicle. They were criminally charged Friday in Iroquois County Circuit Court.

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