Champaign man charged after police find suspected crack cocaine

Champaign man charged after police find suspected crack cocaine

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of having crack cocaine over the weekend has been charged with a Class 1 felony.

Kenny Ray Jones, 36, who listed an address in the 1600 block of Lock Raven Road, was arrested Aug. 3 by a Champaign police officer who pulled over the vehicle in which Jones was a passenger for an alleged traffic violation.

The stop happened about 7:10 p.m. near Hedge Road and Summerlin Lane, a Champaign police report said.

The officer could smell cannabis and saw a cannabis-stuffed cigarette as he approached. The driver admitted the cannabis was his.

Police said they searched Jones and on him found two plastic bags containing an off-white chunky substance — believed to be crack cocaine — that weighed 18 grams.The amount is enough to make the charge of possession of a controlled substance a Class 1 felony, with penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years upon conviction.

The state's attorney's office filed the charge against Jones on Thursday, but Assistant State's Attorney Will Lynch told Judge John Kennedy that Jones is currently in Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Kennedy continued the case until Aug. 30 for Jones to be arraigned.

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