Probation for Urbana woman who picked up cannabis at post office

Probation for Urbana woman who picked up cannabis at post office

URBANA — An Urbana woman in possession of cannabis that she picked up at the post office last fall has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Sherry Behnke, 58, who listed an address in the 2200 block of Brownfield Road, pleaded guilty Friday to possession with intent to deliver cannabis before Judge Tom Difanis.

As a result of a plea agreement negotiated by Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton and Behnke's attorney, Mark Lipton of Champaign, a more serious Class X felony charge of cannabis trafficking was dismissed.

Behnke admitted that on Nov. 3, she had a package that Clifton said contained about 2,700 grams (almost 6 pounds) of cannabis in her car when Urbana police stopped her.

Postal inspectors had alerted members of the Street Crimes Task Force that there was a suspicious package at the post office on Tatman Court in east Urbana.

After Behnke picked it up, police stopped her car and a dog trained to detect drugs reacted when it was around her car. The package with the cannabis was found in the back seat.

As a part of her probation, Behnke was ordered to pay $5,000 in fines, fees and costs.

Court records show she had prior convictions for theft and driving under the influence.

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