Tolono man on probation faces drug charge

URBANA — A Tolono man on probation for trespass to a motor vehicle has been charged with having painkilling medication intended for sale.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said Jarek Crowder, 19, who listed an address in the 400 block of South Calhoun Street, was charged Friday with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance for allegedly having 36 morphine pills on him Thursday night.

Ziegler said University of Illinois police spotted Crowder sitting in a car in a UI parking lot in the first block of East Armory about 10:30 p.m. Officers approached and saw an unlabeled prescription bottle in the pocket on the back of the front passenger seat.

The department's drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of drugs so police searched Crowder and the car and found a prescription bottle with no label on it in Crowder's front coat pocket. It contained 36 pills containing 100 milligrams of morphine.

Ziegler said Crowder had no prescription for the morphine.

Earlier this month, Crowder admitted that he violated the probation he was on for criminal trespass to vehicle. He's scheduled to be resentenced on Jan. 24 by Judge Tom Difanis for that misdemeanor conviction. On Friday, Judge John Kennedy set Crowder's bond on the drug charge at $10,000 and continued that case to the same day.

If convicted of the more serious drug count, Crowder faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

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