Man sentenced to probation in cannabis case

Man sentenced to probation in cannabis case

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted that he had cannabis intended for sale in a campus area apartment in February has been sentenced to four years of probation.

Tristan Cowart, 28, who listed an address in the 300 block of East Green Street, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Heidi Ladd to possession with intent to deliver between 2,000 and 5,000 grams of cannabis.

Cowart was one of four men arrested in connection with several pounds of cannabis found in apartments in the high-rise at 309 E. Green St., C, in February by University of Illinois police.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said narcotics police had originally obtained a search warrant for Cowart's apartment but learned that cannabis they had been led to believe was there had been moved.

Police ultimately found about 13 pounds (6,000 grams) in an apartment in that building and arrested Cowart, Steven Funes, 20, of Vina, Calif., and Matthew Divittorio, 19, who also lived in an apartment at 309 E. Green St. All three were charged with Class X felony possession with intent to deliver cannabis. Arrested a few weeks later for the same crime was Efstratios Koulouris, 21, a UI student from Oak Brook.

Charges are unresolved against Divittorio and Koulouris.

Funes pleaded guilty to the same lesser charge as Cowart in May and was also sentenced to four years of probation.

Clifton said Cowart's only prior convictions were for misdemeanor battery and domestic battery.

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