Man who allegedly flushed cocaine down toilet charged

Man who allegedly flushed cocaine down toilet charged

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly flushed cocaine down the toilet as police arrived to search his home last week has been charged with three felonies.

Rashan Chatman, 40, of the unit block of Sherwood Court is due back in court Nov. 21 with an attorney after being arraigned Monday on charges of unlawful possession with intent to deliver cocaine, unlawful use of weapon by a felon and obstructing justice.

The charges stemmed from a court-ordered search that members of the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force performed Thursday at Chatman's home.

Police obtained a search warrant after a confidential source previously bought heroin from Chatman, a report said.

They went to his house about 6:30 a.m. Thursday and when no one immediately answered a knock at the door, they forced entry and found him in the house with his 3-year-old daughter.

He admitted to police that he didn't want to be caught with drugs and said he flushed about 2 grams of cocaine down the toilet. He also admitted he had been selling cocaine and heroin for about a year.

A search of the home turned up about 5 grams of cocaine, digital scales, $381 in cash, a small amount of cannabis and a bullet.

As a convicted felon, Chatman is not allowed to possess a weapon or ammunition.

Court records show he has prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance, domestic battery, theft, leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident, resisting a peace officer and driving under revocation.

If convicted of the most serious of the charges, Chatman faces a mandatory prison sentence of between four and 15 years.

Chatman was also charged with being a fugitive from justice as he was wanted on a 2010 warrant from Indiana for possession of cocaine.

He's being held in lieu of $125,000 bond.

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