Fourth man charged in cannabis case

Fourth man charged in cannabis case

URBANA — A fourth man allegedly involved in the sale of a large amount of cannabis intended for the University of Illinois campus has been arrested and charged.

UI Police Sgt. Joe McCullough said narcotics police arrested Efstratios Koulouris, 21, a UI student from Oak Brook, Monday afternoon in connection with about 21 pounds of cannabis found in apartments in the high-rise at 309 E. Green St., C, in February. Koulouris was living there, McCollough said.

He was charged Tuesday with possession with intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, a Class X felony.

McCullough said Koulouris had been identified in February when police arrested three other men in connection with cannabis found during court-ordered searches of two apartments at 309 E. Green St. on Feb. 6. He was not arrested then, however.

"We have conducted multiple interviews and developed him as a suspect in selling the cannabis packaged for sale," McCullough said.

Arrested at the time were Steven Funes, 20, of Vina, Calif.; and Tristan Cowart, 28, and Matthew Divittorio, 19, who listed their addresses as different apartments at 309 E. Green St. All three were charged with Class X felony possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

McCullough said then that the cannabis had a street value of about $80,000, Police had been investigating the men for several weeks before the February searches and arrests.

Funes pleaded guilty in March to a reduced Class 1 felony possession with intent to deliver between 2,000 and 5,000 grams of cannabis and is set to be sentenced on Monday by Judge Heidi Ladd.

Cowart and Divittorio are due back in court May 13.

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