Mahomet man facing drug, weapons charges after search of home

Mahomet man facing drug, weapons charges after search of home

URBANA — A Mahomet man who allegedly had cannabis intended for sale in a home where children live and where several guns were present has been criminally charged.

Nicholas Tetens, 40, who listed an address in the 400 block of Kendall Street, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of possession with intent to deliver cannabis and possession of a rifle with a shortened barrel.

Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force Sgt. Dave Griffet said the rifle was one of nine guns that officers took from Tetens' home following a court-authorized search Tuesday afternoon.

Griffet said officers obtained the search warrant based on information that Tetens was allegedly selling cannabis from his home, which is also occupied by six children and two other adults.

In the house, police found the guns and a total of about 50 to 60 grams of cannabis in various forms, including loose cannabis in two bags and cannabis wax that had been repackaged in small manila envelopes.

Griffet said Tetens has a firearm owner's identification card and a concealed-carry license but was also in possession of enough cannabis to qualify for felony charges.

"You can't be in possession of weapons with an FOID or concealed-carry license with a felony amount of drugs," Griffet said. "We took the guns as evidence."

Although many of his team's recent arrests have been in Champaign, Griffet said they are trying to respond to citizen complaints wherever they may be in the county.

"It's in another area where people have complained of drug trafficking. We're trying to be everywhere we can be and make a difference," he said.

Griffet said the children were not home when the search warrant was served about 2:15 p.m.

Both the cannabis and the gun charges lodged against Tetens are Class 3 felonies carrying penalties ranging from probation to two to five years in prison upon conviction.

Judge John Kennedy set Tetens' bond at $15,000 and told him to be back in court April 9.

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