Chicago man accused of selling drugs at Champaign convenience store

Chicago man accused of selling drugs at Champaign convenience store

URBANA — A Chicago man accused of selling drugs at a Champaign convenience store is due back in court next month.

Michael Nichols, 20, was charged Friday with manufacture or delivery of cocaine and possession with intent to deliver Ecstasy and cannabis.

The charges stem from his arrest Thursday after police served a search warrant at Golden Hour, 301 W. Bloomington Road, C.

Champaign police Lt. Nate Rath declined to say what officers were looking for inside the store, located at the intersection of Bloomington Road and Bradley Avenue, but said Nichols and the store have been the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force.

That interagency squad of police officers typically investigates drug offenses.

Assistant State's Attorney William Lynch said on Thursday, Nichols was at the store and police observed him involved in two controlled buys that occurred inside.

Police said he came out, left in his vehicle, then pulled back into the business lot a short time later, parking near the building. Police saw a woman get in his vehicle for less than a minute, then get out.

Police arrested Nichols on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for resisting a peace officer.

After he was in custody, Lynch said, police found 1.5 grams of crack cocaine, 8.9 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy) and $65 cash on him.

In his vehicle were 13.8 grams of cannabis, a scale and plastic bags.

Nichols told police he buys and sells cannabis and throws in the Ecstasy as an "incentive" for his buyers but doesn't sell it.

He also denied that he sold drugs inside the store, Lynch said.

The manufacture or delivery of cocaine charge is the most serious of the three filed Friday. If convicted, Nichols faces penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison. The Ecstasy and cannabis charges are Class 3 and 4 felonies, respectively.

Judge John Kennedy set bond for Nichols at $75,000 and told him to be back in court March 27.

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GLG wrote on February 16, 2018 at 9:02 pm

"Nichols told police he buys and sells cannabis and throws in the Ecstasy as an "incentive" for his buyers but doesn't sell it."

 

He is  what the liberals would call "An aspiring entreprenur " Providing an essential service in da hood. Reitz will give him probation and recomend the Chamber of Commerce give him some kind of award.

jparks wrote on February 16, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Probation.

Give him credit for one thing.  He knew which Illinois county to come to in order to commit his crimes.

The word spreads.  They all know.  White, black, green, or blue, they all know.

cwdog57 wrote on February 17, 2018 at 10:02 pm

the golden hour is such a happin" place. selling counterfit goods and illegal drugs. maybe there should be a "crack down"..........

cwdog57 wrote on February 17, 2018 at 10:02 pm

the golden hour is such a happin" place. selling counterfit goods and illegal drugs. maybe there should be a "crack down"..........

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