Man sentenced to nine years in drug case

Man sentenced to nine years in drug case

URBANA — An Orland Park man who admitted he had cocaine for sale near the site of a concert at an Urbana bar was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison.

Tomas Rekasius, 21, pleaded guilty in August to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis imposed the prison sentence, which was mandated for the Class 1 felony. Rekasius could have received up to 15 years.

The charge stemmed from his arrest Feb. 2 at the Krannert Center parking garage in the 500 block of South Goodwin Avenue in Urbana.

According to Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson, a special unit of University of Illinois police officers concentrating on drug sales approached Rekasius and four other men who also ended up being arrested as they stood around a vehicle in the parking lot.

Carlson said officers saw Rekasius drop a plastic bag containing pink pills later identified as Ecstasy. He was also ordered to take his hands out of his pockets and when he did, officers saw him holding a large roll of cash.

Police, who were there because of a concert at the Canopy Club, searched the vehicle and found about 20 grams of cocaine, almost 375 pills of Ecstasy, Ecstasy in powder form, LSD, a 100-pound tank of nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, and about $3,400 cash.

In addition to prison, Rekasius was also ordered to pay $112 restitution to the UI police for them to destroy the nitrous oxide tank, a $7,500 street value fine and a $2,000 assessment mandated to be paid in controlled substances cases.

Carlson said Rekasius had two prior convictions for manufacture or delivery of cannabis and was on probation for possession of a controlled substance at the time of his arrest.

In exchange for his guilty plea, other charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance related to the Ecstasy were dismissed.

Charges are unresolved against three other co-defendants arrested with Rekasius.

A fourth man from Chicago pleaded guilty in April to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to two years of first offender probation.

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