Champaign man faces charges after police find 3 ounces of cocaine

Champaign man faces charges after police find 3 ounces of cocaine

MAHOMET — A Champaign man who allegedly had about 3 ounces of cocaine intended for sale on him and in a hotel room has been arrested.

Judge Brian McPheters set bond Saturday for Derrick L. Lindsey, 38, at $500,000 after Lindsey reportedly bragged to police officers that if a judge set his bond at $100,000, he would be out in minutes because he had plenty of financial backers.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach told McPheters in court Saturday that Champaign County sheriff's drug investigators had received a tip that a man known as "D" had been selling cocaine for several months and that he was going to make another sale Friday near a bar on South Prairie View Road in Mahomet.

Sheriff's and Urbana police narcotics agents went there late Friday afternoon and watched as Lindsey pulled up in the parking lot in a white Cadillac. He had three passengers.

When he got out of the car, police approached and identified themselves, at which time Lindsey began to run.

As he was running, he threw down a stocking cap containing four plastic bags with about a half-ounce (14.6 grams) of a powder that field-tested positive as cocaine.

The officers eventually caught Lindsey and found another 21 plastic bags on him containing a total of 12.6 grams of cocaine and about $2,500 cash.

Lindsey admitted to officers that he had been selling cocaine and claimed he was going to stop at the end of the month. He also made the comment about being able to post bond.

After police spoke to the others in Lindsey's car, they got a search warrant for a hotel room in the 200 block of West Anthony Drive in Champaign that Lindsey rented. He also listed an address in the 4800 block of Windsor Road, Champaign.

In the hotel room, police found just under two ounces (54.7 grams) of powder cocaine, a digital scale and Lindsey's identification near the scale.

A preliminary charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine was lodged Saturday against Lindsey. He's due back in court Monday for formal arraignment.

Banach told McPheters that Lindsey had prior convictions for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, obstructing justice, resisting a peace officer, aggravated battery and unlawful use of weapons

To be released from jail, he has to post $50,000 cash. He remained there Saturday afternoon.

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