Champaign man faces drug charge

Champaign man faces drug charge

URBANA — A Champaign man who was riding in a car with a friend wanted by police was criminally charged Tuesday with having crack cocaine intended for sale.

Champaign police found drugs near Sergio V. Turner, 26, of the 700 bock of Dogwood Drive, when he got out of the police car at the county jail in Urbana.

Police had taken Turner into custody after discovering him Monday in a car in the 800 block of Crescent Drive that was driven by a man who was wanted by police. A check of Turner's information revealed that he was wanted for a city ordinance violation. When police initially searched Turner, they found a bag with seven smaller bags of suspected cannabis, which Turner admitted was his.

After getting to the jail, Turner got out of the police car and an object fell to the floor, which he kicked. Officers discovered it was a plastic bag containing 14 individually wrapped rocks of crack cocaine, according to a Champaign police report.

Police also found two more rocks of suspected crack cocaine in his pocket, the report said.

The rocks field-tested positive for the presence of cocaine and weighed about 4 grams, enough to support a Class 1 felony charge.

Turner was arraigned Tuesday by Judge John Kennedy, who set his bond at $25,000 and told him to be back in court Dec. 10.

If convicted, Turner faces penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison.

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