Traffic stop leads to cocaine charges

Traffic stop leads to cocaine charges

URBANA — Two men pulled over in Champaign for an alleged traffic violation Monday afternoon have been charged with having about a half-pound of cocaine.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said Champaign police on Monday afternoon pulled over a car driven by Stanley Roundtree, 41, who listed an address in the 2400 block of Prairie Green, Urbana. His passenger was Ronnell Whitney, 51, of the 1200 block of Joanne Lane, Champaign.

About 2:30 p.m. the car pulled into a convenient mart in the 2300 block of West Springfield Avenue. Ziegler said Champaign police ran a drug-sniffing dog around it. After the dog alerted, police found two bags of cocaine, weighing a total of just over 8.8 ounces, in Whitney's lap.

Both men were arraigned Tuesday on a single Class X charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Because of the amount of cocaine, if convicted, they face enhanced penalties of between nine and 40 years in prison.

Each waived his right to a probable cause hearing.

Judge John Kennedy set Roundtree's bond at $150,000 and Whitney's at $100,000. He told both men to be back in court March 18.

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