Sidney man gets 5 years for having meds without prescription

Sidney man gets 5 years for having meds without prescription

URBANA — A Sidney man with a lengthy criminal record who admitted that he had anti-anxiety medication in his home without a prescription has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Tarek Abbed, 39, however, was not present to hear Judge Heidi Ladd impose the sentence on Thursday.

Abbed had pleaded guilty about a year ago to possession of a controlled substance, admitting that on Feb. 23, 2017, he had clonazepam in his home.

Those drugs — and others — were found by a parole officer and a Champaign County sheriff's deputy who were checking on Abbed, who was on parole at the time for residential burglary and theft.

Abbed's sentencing on that conviction had been continued for several months because while he was waiting to be sentenced, police and parole officers found a gun in a camper at his home that they believed was his.

After lab testing, it was determined not to be his and more-serious charges related to the gun were dismissed in December.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said Abbed had several prior convictions. Besides the residential burglary and theft, his convictions go back to the early 2000s and include attempted burglary, burglary, forgery, deceptive practices, resisting arrest, driving under suspension, driving under the influence, obstructing justice, possession with intent to deliver cannabis and reckless driving.

Abbed's attorney, Harvey Welch, told the judge his client sent him a text message saying he was working in Indiana and unable to attend Thursday's hearing. Ladd noted that Abbed was not allowed to leave the state.

He was also ordered to pay fines and costs amounting to a little over $900.

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