Champaign man arrested with crack cocaine

CHAMPAIGN  — A convicted crack cocaine dealer from Champaign is being held in the Champaign County Jail after police found almost an ounce of crack cocaine at his home.

James Donald, 43, who listed an address in the 600 block of Mitchel Court, was arrested Friday morning for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance by members of the Champaign County Sheriff's Office street crimes unit.

Lt. Curt Apperson said investigators had been looking into Donald's alleged drug activities for about six weeks when they decided earlier this week that they had enough information to obtain a search warrant for his home.

They did the court-authorized search early Friday morning and initially found nothing, Apperson said. With the help of a drug-sniffing dog, investigators found 26 grams of crack cocaine under the porch of the house.

"The baggies were in different weights almost like he was prepared for his customers," said Apperson.

Apperson said Donald is currently on parole for a 1999 federal conviction for distribution of crack cocaine.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said her office will consult Tuesday with federal prosecutors about whether state or federal authorities should proceed with charges against Donald.

 

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