Court date set for Champaign man facing heroin charge

Court date set for Champaign man facing heroin charge

URBANA — A Champaign man who had heroin in his apartment that authorities believe he intended for resale is due back in court Feb. 18.

Emanuel Spencer-Jackson, 21, was arrested Dec. 20 at his apartment in the 1100 block of North Third Street by Champaign police.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said members of the department's narcotics unit had been investigating Spencer-Jackson for a while and, based on information they had developed, obtained a search warrant for his place.

Clifton said that when Spencer-Jackson left his apartment that day, police saw him get into a car, which they then stopped.

He had two-tenths of a gram of suspected heroin on him. Police then went into his apartment and found another 11 grams of heroin. Of that amount, about 7 grams had been packaged into 27 small bags.

Spencer-Jackson was charged Monday with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Because of the amount of heroin he allegedly had for sale — more than 5 grams — the offense is a Class 1 felony carrying a mandatory prison term of between four and 15 years upon conviction.

Heroin intended for personal use is typically sold in doses of one-tenth of a gram.

Clifton said Spencer-Jackson, who is now free on bond, had a prior conviction for unlawful use of weapons.

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