Champaign man gets 14 years for having about 5 pounds of pot

Champaign man gets 14 years for having about 5 pounds of pot

URBANA — A Champaign man with only two misdemeanor convictions in his past is headed to prison for 14 years for having about 5 pounds of cannabis intended for sale.

Robert M. Dalton, 29, who listed an address in the 300 block of South Garfield Street, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Tom Difanis to a single count of possession with intent to deliver between 2,000 and 5,000 grams of cannabis.

In return for his guilty plea, Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton dismissed other counts alleging that Dalton possessed methamphetamine that he intended to sell.

Earlier, the state dismissed charges alleging that Dalton possessed Ecstasy intended for sale after the state crime lab determined the pills contained methamphetamine.

All the charges stemmed from Dalton's arrest March 30 by Champaign police, who had a search warrant for his home.

They stopped Dalton on Springfield Avenue and advised him of the warrant, prompting him to begin yelling at people nearby that they should call his girlfriend and alert her that police were headed to the house with the warrant.

Police went forward with the search and found cannabis, 171 tablets of suspected Ecstasy and more than $20,000 at the house.

They also found a loaded gun on the floorboard of a car in the driveway. In the trunk of that car was about 5 pounds of cannabis in vacuum-sealed bags inside a duffel bag.

Clifton said Dalton had a firearm owner's identification card for the weapon.

Dalton's only criminal convictions were both misdemeanors for criminal trespass to land and unlawful possession of cannabis.

The maximum prison sentence Dalton could have received for the charge to which he pleaded guilty was 15 years. He is eligible for day-for-day good time on his sentence and was given credit for 229 days already served.

He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Jamie Propps.

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Thinkfist wrote on November 15, 2017 at 7:11 pm

Why is selling cannabis still illegal?  I can walk into two different stores in Champaign-Urbana and buy it completely legally.  We need full decriminalization and recreational use.  Arrest him for possession/sale of meth, I get that, but charging him with possession w/intent for cannabis is akin to charging someone for making moonshine -- it's outdated, backwards, and a completely missed revenue opportunity for this broken joke of a state.

zofaan wrote on November 16, 2017 at 3:11 pm

This society is barbaric. 

All drugs should legal to possess, sell, and manufacture because of something called LIBERTY!

The judge responsible for robbing this man of part of his life should be incarcerated indefinitely.