Savoy man facing cocaine, gun charges

Savoy man facing cocaine, gun charges

SAVOY — A Savoy man who allegedly had suspected crack cocaine and a loaded gun in a car near his home Wednesday night has been criminally charged.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she charged Lonnell Powell, 28, with possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlawful use of weapons and driving under revocation following Powell's arrest about 9 p.m. in the 1000 block of Hartwell Drive, not far from his home.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Curt Apperson said a deputy stopped Powell because his car did not have a front license plate. Apperson said Powell immediately jumped out of the car and approached the deputy.

After getting Powell's name, she learned that his driver's license was revoked based on a prior driving under the influence conviction. Apperson said she could also see a gun case in the back seat on the floor.

The vehicle was towed and inventoried. In the gun case, the deputy found a loaded 9 mm handgun, ammunition for it and a bag containing almost an ounce — 26 grams — of suspected crack cocaine.

Rietz said Powell had a firearm owner's identification card but did not have a concealed-carry permit for the gun.

If convicted of the more serious drug charge, Powell faces penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison.

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