Man absent from sentencing in drug case

Man absent from sentencing in drug case

URBANA — Authorities are looking for a Champaign man who was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for having crack cocaine for sale.

Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus sentenced Sergio V. Turner, 26, whose last known address was in the 700 block of Dogwood Drive, for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, even though he failed to show up for his sentencing hearing.

Turner was eligible for an extended term because of his record, which included a previous conviction for that same offense that netted him a prison term.

Other convictions included aggravated battery, driving under the influence of cannabis, battery and possession of cannabis.

Turner pleaded guilty to the drug charge in March, admitting that on Nov. 4 he had crack cocaine intended for sale. A report from the Illinois State Crime Lab put the weight at 2.9 grams.

Turner had been arrested after police stopped a car in which he was a passenger in the 800 block of Crescent Drive because the driver was wanted by police.

An initial search of Turner turned up a bag containing suspected cannabis. He was also wanted on a city warrant.

Once at the jail, police noticed an object fall to the floor from Turner's pants, which Turner kicked out of the way. It was a bag with 14 rocks of crack cocaine. Police found another two rocks on him.

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