UI police arrest two, seize thousands in drug case
URBANA — Two men have been criminally charged with having cannabis intended for sale at a Champaign apartment where police seized several thousand dollars.
Idel Martinez, 20, and Christian Cler, 24, were arrested by University of Illinois police Thursday night at Martinez's apartment in the 300 block of East John Street.
Court records show that Cler listed that address and another on Pond Ridge Lane in Urbana as his residence.
UI Detective Sgt. Joe McCullough said police had been investigating the pair for about a month and had enough information to obtain a search warrant for the John Street apartment.
In the court-approved search, which was done about 8 p.m. Thursday, they found a small amount of cannabis, packaging materials, a bag of syringes and suspected steroids.
They also found a backpack containing $8,960 and on Martinez they found a little over $2,000, which they seized. Included in the cash were bills that had been marked by police from previous undercover cannabis purchases.
Cler is on parole for a 2012 Champaign County conviction for possession with intent to deliver cannabis. He also has other local convictions for possession with intent to deliver cannabis, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of stolen property, and theft.
The two men were each charged with a single count of possession with intent to deliver cannabis, a Class 4 felony.