$1 million bond in case involving guns, drugs

$1 million bond in case involving guns, drugs

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly possessed guns and drugs at his home is being held in lieu of $1 million bond after being charged with two felony offenses.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said an Illinois State trooper stopped a car on Interstate 57 north of Rantoul Monday for alleged vehicle code violations and could smell and see cannabis inside.

A search of the car turned up a revolver and ammunition for it inside a backpack in the trunk.

Banach said the driver, Blake J. May, 27, of the 2600 block of Roland Drive, admitted that the gun was his and that he kept it for protection. Because of prior felony convictions, May is not allowed to have a weapon.

The trooper then asked May's wife, the passenger, for permission to search her apartment since May often stays there.

She gave permission and the trooper found a different handgun, digital scales, about 4 grams of suspected crack cocaine and a little more than one ounce of suspected powder cocaine.

May told the trooper that he sells drugs and that he had traded cocaine for the handguns.

May was charged Tuesday aggravated unlawful possession of weapon by a felon, a Class 2 felony, and possession with intent to deliver cocaine, a Class X felony for which he could be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison if convicted.

Banach said May has prior convictions for battery, forgery, aggravated battery, obstructing justice, bringing contraband into a penal institution and driving under suspension.

He also has three pending felonies in Champaign County — two for drug-related offenses and another for driving under revocation. May was tentatively scheduled to enter a guilty plea Friday. All his cases have now been continued to that day before Judge Tom Difanis.

To be released from jail, he would have to post $100,000 cash.

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