Man arrested in drug case while out on bond in separate drug case

Man arrested in drug case while out on bond in separate drug case

URBANA — A Champaign man out on bond for possession with intent to deliver cocaine has been arrested for the same offense again.

Charles D. Meeks, 29, who listed an address in the 600 block of East Vine Street, Champaign, is being held in the Champaign County Jail on $500,000 bond after being arraigned Thursday on eight drug-related counts.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said Champaign police had been investigating Meeks for about a month and had gathered enough information to obtain a search warrant for his home, which they served on Wednesday.

In the house, they found about 3.5 grams of cocaine. Because the residence is within 1,000 of a park, school, or church, he was charged with a Class X felony of possession with intent to deliver cocaine. If convicted, he faces penalties ranging from six to 30 years in prison on that charge.

The other charges — delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance — stem from controlled buys of cocaine that sources working with police allegedly made from Meeks on Jan. 27, Feb. 3, and Feb. 21, Clifton said.

Meeks had also been arrested on Feb. 9 after a vehicle he was a passenger in was involved in an accident in Urbana. Meeks allegedly had between one and 15 grams of cocaine on him. He posted bond in that case a few days later.

Because he was out on bond at the time of his Wednesday arrest, if convicted of both crimes, Meeks would have to serve the sentences for them one after the other.

Meeks is due back in court on April 1.

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