Man pleads guilty to reduced charge in cannabis case

Man pleads guilty to reduced charge in cannabis case

URBANA — A Champaign man arrested earlier this year for having more than a pound of cannabis for sale in his apartment has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Matin Abdul Salehzai, 21, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Stoughton Street, was sentenced earlier this week to two years of first offender probation and fined about $6,000 after pleading guilty before Judge Richard Klaus to possession with intent to deliver between 10 and 30 grams of cannabis.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said Salehzi, who was a University of Illinois student, has been kicked out of school. He had no prior convictions, the prosecutor said.

UI police found more than 25 ounces of suspected cannabis in Salehzai's apartment on Jan. 25 during a court-authorized search. They also found about $12,850 cash in a shoe box there.

He admitted to police he had been selling cannabis from the apartment for about a year.

If he successfully completes the period of probation, Salehzai will have no record of a conviction for the drug offense.

In addition to the fines, he was also ordered to get a substance abuse evaluation and perform 30 hours of public service, Larson said.

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