Champaign man facing multiple charges in alleged drug sales

Champaign man facing multiple charges in alleged drug sales

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of selling drugs to a source working with police has been charged with four felonies.

Mario D. Turner, 37, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Queens Way, was arrested Thursday afternoon by members of the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force for alleged drug activity that occurred in November and December.

He was charged Friday with four counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance alleging that he sold cocaine and heroin to a confidential source on Nov. 15, Nov. 27 and Dec. 7.

All four counts are Class 1 felonies, but because of Turner's prior convictions, he faces sentencing as a Class X felon to between six and 30 years in prison if convicted.

Task-force supervisor Sgt. Matt Henson said his agents had been looking into Turner's alleged drug dealing since November and that the sales, ranging in amounts from 1 to about 4 grams of the drugs, happened at different locations in Champaign and Urbana.

On Thursday, police arrested Turner on Queens Way and served a search warrant at a home in the 3900 block of Farmington Drive that belonged to an associate of his. Henson said police found a scale there but nothing else of value as evidence.

Turner is currently on parole after having been convicted in 2012 of two drug-related offenses from Champaign County that were filed in 2008 and 2009. Records from the Department of Corrections show he was released May 17, 2017.

Corrections records also show that Turner has served time for resisting a peace officer and criminal damage to property.

Assistant State's Attorney William Lynch said Turner had other convictions for aggravated battery and domestic battery.

Because he is on parole, he cannot be released from jail. Judge John Kennedy set a probable-cause hearing for Feb. 21.

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