Plea in drug case brings eight-year prison term
URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he had cocaine in his home intended for sale has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Champaign County Judge Harry Clem imposed the sentence last week on Charles D. Meeks, 29, who listed an address in the 600 block of East Vine Street.
Meeks pleaded guilty in July to a single count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, admitting he had less than a gram of crack cocaine for sale in his home on Jan. 27.
In return for the plea, several other counts of delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, alleging cocaine sales on Feb. 3, 21 and 26, were dismissed.
Court records said that Meeks' home was within 1,000 feet of both Booker T. Washington School and Douglass Park when he was selling drugs to an informant working with Champaign police drug detectives.
On Jan. 27, the informant bought three-tenths of a gram of crack cocaine from Meeks for $20, the records said.
In return for his plea, another case alleging delivery of cocaine on Feb. 9 was dismissed.
Court records show Meeks had prior convictions for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, battery, obstructing justice, driving under the influence and domestic batter.