Cannabis possession brings two years of probation

URBANA — A North Chicago man who admitted he possessed the cannabis that police found in a stolen sport utility vehicle in Champaign County has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Rashaan Frierson, 21, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign Judge Tom Difanis to possession of cannabis. He admitted that on Feb. 1, he had about 3 ounces of cannabis in a car that Illinois State Police stopped on Interstate 57, about 3 miles north of Pesotum, for speeding.

Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said the trooper learned that the SUV had been reported stolen from Waukegan. A search of the vehicle turned up a gun and about 100 grams of cannabis in the back. The cannabis had Frierson's latent fingerprints on it, Lozar said.

In exchange for Frierson's guilty plea, Lozar dismissed other charges alleging he possessed a stolen vehicle and a weapon.

Frierson was one of four men in the car.

Lozar had earlier dismissed all charges against the other three men in the car, Darrell Robinson, 21, of Chicago, Jaleel Ataa, 21, of Waukegan and Tony Perez, 21, of Chicago.

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