Three arrested on drug charges

Three arrested on drug charges

URBANA — Three area men are being held at the Champaign County jail after police found more than two dozen bags of suspected crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, heroin and hydrocodone in a car parked on Urbana’s east side.

Bennet Hayes Eiermann, 21, who listed an address in the 1900 block of Oliver Drive, Urbana, was charged Wednesday with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, aggravated battery to a peace officer and disarming a peace officer. His bond was set at $250,000.

Dane Lawton Corley, 22, who listed an address in the 2100 block of Dewitt Avenue, Mattoon, was charged with delivery or possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $1,000.

Jonathan Michael Jacobs, 24, who listed an address in Atwood, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle. His bond was set at $5,000.

According to an Urbana police report, officers were patrolling an apartment complex parking lot in the 1700 block of East Florida Avenue at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when a car attracted their attention.

Three officers approached the car, and one of them spoke to the driver, identified as Corley. The report said Corley told police “there was illegal stuff in the car.”

While police were talking to Corley, who’d gotten out of the vehicle, Eiermann reached through from the back seat and tried to start the car.

The officers struggled with Eiermann, who, while still in the back seat, grabbed one of their guns and said he was going to shoot them, the report said. Police did not say Wednesday night if Eiermann had full possession of the gun or whether it remained on the officer’s holster. Eiermann kept pulling on the gun, partially breaking the holster’s mount on the officer’s belt.

Eventually, police got Eiermann under control and arrested him and the two others.

While searching Eiermann, police found what they suspect were 10 bags of crack cocaine, two bags of heroin and 16 bags of powdered cocaine in one pants pocket — and 25 bags of heroin in another pocket.

During a search of the car, officers also found what was described as small amounts of heroin and cocaine as well as some hydrocodone.

The drugs had not been weighed as of Wednesday afternoon, police said.

No officers were injured in the incident, according to the report.

All three men are due back in court on July 8.

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