Urbana man gets 6 years for possession of heroin

Urbana man gets 6 years for possession of heroin

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted he possessed heroin almost two years ago has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Mario D. Johnson, 31, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of Michelle Lane, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Tom Difanis to possession of a controlled substance. He was given credit on his sentence for 116 days already served.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said on Nov. 14, 2016, members of the Street Crimes Task Force saw Johnson driving near the 200 block of West Bradley Avenue in Champaign.

He was wanted on a warrant and his driver's license was suspended, so they followed him. He parked the vehicle, got out, reached into his sweatshirt, and was briefly out of the officers' view before being arrested.

The officers then found a bag with 9.4 grams of heroin in it in the area where Johnson had ducked out of their sight, Clifton said.

In return for Johnson's guilty plea, a more-serious charge alleging he intended to sell the heroin was dismissed. Also dismissed were two other felony cases from 2016 in which Johnson was accused of domestic battery, unlawful use of weapons by a felon, aggravated assault and violation of bail bond.

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