Urbana man gets 3 years after ounce of pot found during traffic stop

Urbana man gets 3 years after ounce of pot found during traffic stop

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted having cannabis for sale when he was arrested in Urbana last fall has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Darius J. Kirk, 24, who listed an address in the 200 block of South Grove Street, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Tom Difanis to possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

Assistant State's Attorney Kristin Alferink said Kirk was a passenger in a car pulled over by Urbana police for an alleged traffic offense Oct. 14.

Because he had an arrest warrant, police searched him and found 26 grams (just under an ounce) of cannabis in several smaller bags in his possession. Police also found a gun in the glove box.

A more serious charge alleging Kirk was an armed habitual criminal was dismissed.

Kirk was given credit on his sentence for 184 days already served.

Charges of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and possession with intent to deliver cannabis were also lodged against the vehicle's driver, Kaleb Smith, 24, of Champaign. Those charges remain unresolved.

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