Rockford man accused of being 'major supplier' of cocaine to area

Rockford man accused of being 'major supplier' of cocaine to area

URBANA — A Rockford man on parole for impersonating a police officer and driving under revocation in Winnebago County in 2010 was arrested in Urbana on Wednesday by University of Illinois police with about a half-pound of suspected cocaine.

The Champaign County state’s attorney’s office Thursday charged Artemio Campos, 35, with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a Class X felony because of the amount of cocaine involved.

Sgt. Joe McCullough of the UI police street crimes unit said Campos’ arrest was the result of a months-long investigation into a “large supplier” of cocaine to the area, of which Campos was just a part.

“It was good we were able to identify one of the sources of some of our cocaine supply coming into the area,” McCullough said.

UI police Sgt. Tom Geis said the street crimes detectives had information that Campos was supposed to be in town for a drug transaction.

On Wednesday morning, they found his BMW sedan in the 800 block of West Green Street in Urbana, where he pulled into the parking lot of an apartment complex. Geis said officers made contact with Campos and had the drug-sniffing dog run around the car. The dog alerted for the presence of drugs.

Geis said police found 8.7 ounces (251 grams) of suspected powder cocaine in a single bag in Campos’ coat pocket and $735 cash on him.

McCullough said depending on the increments in which the cocaine might have been sold, the amount seized by police Wednesday had an estimated street value of between $18,000 and $24,000.

Campos was arrested about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The Illinois Department of Corrections website said Campos was paroled in April after serving less than a year of a five-year prison sentence for false personation and a six-year sentence for driving under revocation out of Winnebago County.

He’s being held in lieu of $1 million bond and was told to be back in court Feb. 11.


 

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Joe American wrote on December 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if the police waited until he made the transaction, wouldn't they have also been able to bust a local distributor?

Unless, of course, the "buyer" was how they knew he was in town in the first place......