Pair arrested after raid on Urbana house turns up gun, heroin

Pair arrested after raid on Urbana house turns up gun, heroin

URBANA — A man who had been wanted on outstanding warrants was awakened early Thursday in Urbana by a police tactical unit.

Durrell Brigham, 30, was arrested at a house in the 1300 block of Briarcliff Drive, where he was staying with the mother of his child. Kiara Frazier, 23, was also arrested on an outstanding city ordinance violation.

After they were in custody, police found a gun and suspected heroin in the house, where two children were also present.

Champaign police detective Sgt. Dave Griffet said Brigham had been wanted about a year on warrants in a domestic battery case from June 2016 and a traffic case from 2015 for driving under suspension.

Griffet said police had recently received information that Brigham may be in possession of firearms. They used that to get a judge to issue a search warrant for the Briarcliff address, which they served about 6:15 a.m. Thursday.

The METRO SWAT team's help was enlisted since guns were believed to be present.

Griffet said Brigham and Frazier came out of the house after a few minutes and were taken into custody on their respective arrest warrants.

A search of the house turned up a 9 mm gun in the closet of the children's bedroom, a chunk of a substance that field-tested positive as heroin and weighed about 7.7 grams, a digital scale, and drug paraphernalia, Griffet said.

Griffet said both were arrested on a preliminary charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. Brigham was also arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon. Griffet said Frazier had a firearm owner's identification card.

The state's attorney's office was expected to review the police reports Friday for formal charging.

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billbtri5 wrote on May 19, 2017 at 7:05 am

I hope they look up the straw buyer statute    

(720 ILCS 5/24-3.5)  (2) (b)