Search of Champaign home nets 16 pounds of pot, $40,000 cash

Search of Champaign home nets 16 pounds of pot, $40,000 cash

URBANA — A man and woman arrested Thursday at a Champaign home where police found more than 16 pounds of suspected cannabis and about $40,000 cash were criminally charged Friday.

If convicted, Steven P. Williams, 24, and Arionna Smith, 23, could go to prison for between six and 30 years.

Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force Sgt. Dave Griffet said Williams, who listed an address on North Hazel Street in Danville, and Smith, 23, of the 1800 block of Parkdale Drive in Champaign were taken into custody following a 6 a.m. search Thursday of the Parkdale address.

Griffet said police had been investigating allegations of suspected drug dealing from the home for a few months and by Wednesday felt they had enough information to obtain a search warrant.

With the help of the Champaign police SWAT team, the court-authorized search began at 6 a.m. Thursday on the house, which was equipped with surveillance cameras.

In the home, Griffet said officers found several vacuum-sealed bags containing cannabis in the living room and bedroom. There was also just under $40,000 in cash in plain view.

Police also found two pistols and two rifles in the home. He said Smith has a valid firearm owner’s identification card but Williams is not allowed to possess weapons because of a prior felony conviction from Vermilion County.

The state’s attorney’s office filed Class X charges of possession with intent to deliver cannabis against both Williams and Smith. Williams was also charged with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.

Judge John Kennedy set bond for Williams at $250,000 and for Smith at $50,000.

Both had their cases continued to Jan. 18 so they could hire their own lawyer.

Griffet said the street value of that amount of cannabis is in the neighborhood of $55,000.

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