Traffic stop leads to drug charge

Traffic stop leads to drug charge

RANTOUL — A St. Joseph man who had suspected cocaine in his car in Rantoul has been charged with a Class X felony, and his bond was set Friday at $50,000.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said an officer on patrol in the 300 block of South Century Boulevard about 4:30 p.m. Thursday saw Lance C. Bufford, 33, driving and knew his driver's license had been suspended.

The officer pulled Bufford over and was preparing to have his car towed since he was not able to drive it. The car was searched before the tow, Bouse said, and under a center console the officer found a plastic bag with four smaller bags containing a total of 17.7 grams of a white powder suspected to be cocaine. Bufford also had $1,496 cash on him.

Bufford was charged Friday with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and driving under suspension.

If convicted of the drug charge, he faces a mandatory prison term of six to 30 years.

Court records show that Bufford has two prior felony drug-related convictions in Champaign County and a misdemeanor conviction for resisting a peace officer.

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