Weapons, drug charges against Champaign woman dropped

Weapons, drug charges against Champaign woman dropped

URBANA — Weapons and drug charges lodged against a Champaign woman three months ago have been dismissed.

Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said she dismissed charges last week against Ashley Wells, 26, of the 1100 block of West Bradley Avenue, because she couldn't prove that the drugs or a weapon in a car that Wells was stopped in belonged to her.

Wells was arrested by a Champaign County sheriff's deputy on May 23 after an anonymous call to 911 saying that there was a person with a gun in a car in the Dobbins Downs neighborhood.

The deputy stopped a car on Kings Way and found a gun under the seat and two unlabeled medicine bottles with drugs believed to be muscle relaxers and morphine.

Wells was subsequently charged with armed violence, aggravated unlawful use of weapons and possession of a controlled substance.

"I could not prove she knowingly possessed anything in the car. The car was not hers. There were no prints on the gun," Clark said.

Clark said the caller, who declined to cooperate with deputies by giving a name or statement, said Wells would be driving a particular car. Clark said Wells had been at an apartment with friends who told her to take that car to go pick someone up. She was stopped very shortly after leaving.

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