Man charged after picking up package with cannabis at post office

Man charged after picking up package with cannabis at post office

URBANA — An Urbana man who picked up a package from the post office Wednesday containing more than four pounds of cannabis has been criminally charged.

Jerry L. Butler, 28, of the 100 block of Scottswood Drive, was arrested by Champaign County sheriff's deputies, who stopped his car after he left the Urbana post office on Tatman Court with a package that police and postal inspectors had earlier determined contained cannabis.

Sheriff's Lt. Curt Apperson said postal inspectors became suspicious of the package early Wednesday and used a drug-detection dog to sniff it. After the dog alerted to the fact that there was suspected cannabis inside, deputies obtained a search warrant and confirmed the dog's suspicions.

Apperson said the package was addressed to a woman living at the same address as Butler in the 100 block of Scottswood and contained about 4.4 pounds (2,016 grams) of cannabis.

Apperson said the woman called the post office and gave permission for Butler to pick up the package, which had a return address from Huntington Beach, Calif., that turned out to be fictitious.

Once he left the post office with the package, the car he was in was stopped.

Butler was charged Thursday with possession with intent to deliver cannabis, a Class 2 felony carrying penalties upon conviction of probation to three to seven years in prison. His bond was set at $15,000 and he was told to be back in court Feb. 11.

Apperson said based on a street value of cannabis selling for $7.50 a gram, he put the value of the seized cannabis at $15,120.

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