Champaign man charged with crack cocaine possession

Champaign man charged with crack cocaine possession

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police acting on a tip arrested a man with suspected crack cocaine and a large amount of cash Thursday.

Martines Gill, 28, who listed an address in the 400 block of Fairview Drive, was charged Friday with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said police had information that Gill was at the Town Center apartment complex and that he allegedly had a gun. About 2:30 p.m., police began watching the complex from a distance and spotted him getting out of one vehicle and walking toward another.

Gill was then approached by detectives and when asked to stop, he took off running, Griffet said.

As he rounded a building in the 2400 block of North Neil Street, a detective saw him throw something over a fence.

Police later searched that area and found a tied-up plastic bag containing several rocks of suspected crack cocaine that weighed about 1.7 grams, Griffet said.

They also searched the area where they had seen Gill running and found a handgun, which had wet mud on it. Griffet said none of the officers saw the gun being thrown. Gill had $1,300 cash on him, Griffet said.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said Gill was charged with a Class X felony alleging he possessed cocaine intended for sale within 1,000 feet of Town Center Park. If convicted, he faces six to 30 years in prison.

Lozar said the gun will be forwarded to the state crime lab for analysis before any decisions are made about charging Gill with a weapons-related offense.

Lozar said Gill's prior convictions include obstructing justice, resisting arrest, fleeing and eluding, aggravated driving under the influence and driving under revocation.

On Wednesday, Gill was sentenced by Champaign County Judge Brian McPheters to two years in prison for fleeing and eluding stemming from a December 2012 arrest. He was supposed to turn himself in March 12 to begin serving that sentence.

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