Man sentenced to 10 years in cocaine case

Man sentenced to 10 years in cocaine case

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted having more than an ounce of cocaine in the home where he was living late last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Blake J. May, 28, whose last known address was in the 2600 block of Roland Drive, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, a Class X felony which could have netted him as many as 30 years in prison.

May admitted that on Dec. 3, he had just over an ounce (34 grams) of powdered cocaine at the home on Roland Drive.

Earlier that day, an Illinois State trooper stopped May on Interstate 57 north of Rantoul for an alleged traffic violation. Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said the trooper noticed the smell of cannabis in the car and could see it.

He then searched the car and found a revolver and ammunition for it in the trunk. Because of prior convictions, May is not allowed to possess a weapon.

The trooper then asked May's girlfriend, who was in the car, for permission to search her home because May was known to stay there frequently. She gave permission and police found the cocaine there, Lozar said.

In exchange for May's guilty plea, other charges of possession of cannabis and aggravated unlawful use of weapons by a felon in that case were dismissed.

Lozar also dismissed three other pending felony cases. One alleged manufacture or delivery of cocaine in March; manufacture or delivery of cannabis in May; and driving under revocation in September.

Lozar said May had prior convictions for forgery and bringing contraband into a penal institution.

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