Meth plot lands Danville man in prison

Meth plot lands Danville man in prison

URBANA — A Danville man who recruited soup kitchen clients to buy methamphetamine precursors for him has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison.

Cortez Shields, 32, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Garden Drive, pleaded guilty Friday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to possession of methamphetamine precursors. 

He admitted that on June 12 he had pseudoephedrine, which Champaign police found in the car he was in on North Prospect Avenue.

Police were alerted that Shields had gone to the Daily Bread soup kitchen at the corner of Randolph and White streets in Champaign and offered to pay people who were waiting to be fed to buy pseudoephedrine for him. 

Officers then went to the Wal-Mart store on North Prospect Avenue and spotted a car that Shields was in. An officer saw a person handing him cold medication, a common ingredient necessary for the production of methamphetamine.

A search of the car turned up nine boxes of pseudoephedrine as well as receipts for the cold medication. State law limits the number of boxes any one person can purchase.

According to police, Shields told them he can buy a box of the drug for $6 and resell it in Danville for $50. 

Assistant State’s Attorney Dan Clifton said Shields has prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance and obstructing justice. 

He was given credit on his sentence for 58 days already served.


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