Lack of headlights leads to arrest for crack cocaine, cannabis

Lack of headlights leads to arrest for crack cocaine, cannabis

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man driving without headlights was arrested Friday night after police found suspected cannabis and crack cocaine in his car.

Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney Peter Su said about 8:45 p.m., a Parkland police officer saw a car driving east on Bradley Avenue near Clayton Drive without headlights.

The officer stopped the car and immediately smelled burning cannabis. The passenger admitted that he had just smoked a blunt and tossed it out the window.

Su said police then searched the car and found a shaving bag under the driver's seat that contained more than $3,500 cash as well as foreign currency.

Also found in the car was a glass jar containing more than an ounce (35 grams) of a substance that field-tested positive as cannabis, and a bag containing 15 smaller bags of suspected crack cocaine that weighed more than an ounce (43.7 grams).

Police arrested the driver of the car, Christian Martinez, 24, who listed an address in the 2400 block of West Bradley Avenue.

Judge Tom Difanis set his bond at $25,000 and told him to appear in court Monday for formal charges.

Su said Martinez had prior misdemeanor convictions for driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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