Urbana man charged after police find cocaine, gun

Urbana man charged after police find cocaine, gun

URBANA — An Urbana man with a history of drug-related convictions has been charged with another.

Antonio Samuels, 35, of the 1100 block of Colorado Avenue, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Judge Brett Olmstead set his bond at $500,000 and told him to be back in court Sept. 29 for a probable-cause hearing.

Urbana police Detective Jimmy Kerner said members of the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force arrested Samuels on Tuesday after finding more than 3 ounces of suspected cocaine and a loaded gun in his home.

Kerner said task-force members had accompanied Samuels’ parole agent to his home Tuesday afternoon for a compliance check. Samuels is currently on parole for a 2008 conviction out of Cook County for aggravated vehicular hijacking.

Officers found cocaine in view in the kitchen, but Samuels declined to give them permission to search the rest of his house.

Kerner said officers then sought and received a search warrant from a judge to do a more thorough search. On their return trip, police found more cocaine under a mattress in a bedroom along with a loaded gun that had been reported stolen from Indiana in 2006.

Kerner said officers found a combination of more than 100 grams of powder and crack cocaine, the stolen gun, ammunition for it, and packaging materials for drugs in the house.

Department of Corrections’ records show that besides the carjacking conviction, Samuels had three others for possession of a controlled substance out of Cook County and one for armed robbery from Champaign County.

The most recent drug charge is a Class X felony carrying a mandatory prison sentence of between six and 30 years upon conviction.

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