Two charged after traffic stop

Two charged after traffic stop

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man who allegedly had cocaine intended for sale when stopped in Champaign early Thursday has been criminally charged.

Champaign police Sgt. Tom Walker said an officer on patrol stopped a car for an alleged traffic violation about 12:50 a.m. near the intersection of Sixth and Armory streets.

A canine search of the car turned up the suspected cocaine, alcohol, and drug paraphernalia, Walker said.

One of the occupants, Michael M. Howard, 30, who listed an address in the 2100 block of Southwood Drive, allegedly had about 5 grams of cocaine on him.

The state's attorney's office Thursday filed charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance against Howard. The more serious of the charges is a Class 1 felony carrying penalties upon conviction ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison.

Another man in the car with him was charged with a lesser offense of possession of a controlled substance.

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