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CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police arrested four suburban Chicago men Thursday for allegedly possessing heroin at a northwest Champaign home.
Champaign police Sgt. Tom Walker, who heads up the department's drug unit, said police began getting complaints about a month ago of traffic coming and going from a home in the 1300 block of Paula Drive.
"Through investigation, we were able to determine they were selling heroin and were able to get a search warrant," said Walker, who credited Officer Nick Krippel for his work investigating the activity there.
Walker said because of past police contacts that some of the four men had, and because there were six dogs in the house, police decided to use the SWAT team on Thursday to serve the search warrant.
Arrested were Dwight Harper, 51, who listed an address in Chicago Heights, and Davante Hopkins, 17, D'angelo Neal, 20, and Reggie Neal, 52, who all said they were from Park Forest.
Walker said the four men and six dogs, believed to be pit bulls that were being bred for fighting, had been living in the house about nine months. The dogs were taken by the animal control officer.
Walker said his officers found 39 aluminum foil folds containing suspected heroin — about 3.9 grams — $722 cash, and needles, syringes and other drug paraphernalia in the house.
None of the four listed any employment, Walker said.
On Friday, the four were charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony. If convicted they face penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison.
Hopkins’ bond was set at $10,000. The bond for Harper, Reggie Neal and D’angelo Neal were all set at $50,000.
D’angelo Neal’s next court appearance was set for Nov. 20. Hopkins, Harper and Reggie Neal are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 19.