Man faces weapon, drug charges
URBANA — A Bellwood man who police say they found with a gun and suspected cannabis was criminally charged Tuesday.
Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said her office filed charges of armed violence and possession with intent to deliver cannabis against Ashton Adger, 23, in the wake of his arrest about 9 p.m. Monday in Champaign.
Rietz said a woman living in the 200 block of Stoughton Street heard a noise in the alley, looked out and saw a man carrying a backpack who appeared to be trying to break a lock on a bicycle. Her husband went out to investigate and the person saw him and ran.
About a block away, police found a man matching the description of the person in the alley and he smelled of burning cannabis. The man, later identified as Adger, admitted he had been smoking cannabis in that alley.
A search of his backpack turned up about a total of 1 1/2 ounces (45 grams) of suspected cannabis packaged in 22 bags, a digital scale, additional plastic bags, and a loaded semi-automatic pistol.
Although Adger had a firearm owner's identification card, Rietz said he did not possess a concealed carry permit.
He also had $280 cash in his sock, she said.
The armed violence charge alleges he possessed a weapon during the commission of another offense — namely, having cannabis meant for sale. If convicted of that, Adger faces six to 30 years in prison.
His bond was set at $25,000 and he was told to be back in court with an attorney Tuesday.