Seven-year prison term in meth case

Seven-year prison term in meth case

URBANA — A Rantoul man is headed to prison for seven years for having methamphetamine to sell.

Steven Moffett, 22, of the 800 block of St. Andrews Circle, pleaded guilty in Champaign County Circuit Court Friday to methamphetamine delivery in connection with his April 5 arrest.

On that day, Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said, Moffett was a passenger in a car that a Rantoul police officer approached because it was stopped on Pheasant Ridge Drive by the side of the road and it was filled with smoke. The officer also found there was an arrest warrant for the owner of the car.

When the officer approached, Moffett was in the back seat. The officer could smell the strong odor of burning cannabis, and Moffett handed the officer a "blunt" (a cigarette stuffed with cannabis).

The officer searched the car and Moffett and found several bags of cannabis, a scale, Ecstasy pills, nine bags of a white powder that turned out to be methamphetamine, and a gun, Bennett said.

Other charges of armed violence alleging Moffett had the other drugs while armed were dismissed in return for his plea.

Moffett was also ordered to pay about $885 in fines and forfeit the gun to Rantoul police.

Bennett said Moffett had two prior convictions for misdemeanor battery.

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