URBANA — A St. Louis man who allegedly brought drugs into the county jail in his mouth after being arrested on a weapons charge has been charged with three felonies.
Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said an officer on patrol about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday saw a vehicle pull into a convenience store on Bradley Avenue in west Champaign. The officer recognized the vehicle as one associated with a man for whom police had an arrest warrant.
Griffet said the officer pulled the vehicle over and used his trained dog to sniff the vehicle.
The dog alerted to the presence of narcotics so the officer had the three occupants get out and patted them down for weapons. In the vehicle, he found a black revolver between the front seat cushion and the middle console, Griffet said.
One of the passengers, Donovan McCombs, 24, admitted that the gun was his.
He and the others were taken back to the police station where they were interviewed, then later taken to the county jail.
Once at the jail, Griffet said authorities discovered in McCombs' mouth several small bags containing 8.8 grams of heroin, 1.1 grams of crack cocaine and 2.8 grams of powdered cocaine.
McCombs was charged Wednesday with armed violence for allegedly having the drugs at the same time he had a weapon and two other equally serious felony counts of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and heroin. If convicted, McCombs faces a mandatory prison term of between six and 30 years.
McCombs’ bond was set at $100,000. He is due back in court on Nov. 15.
The state's attorney's office elected not to file any charges against the other two people in the vehicle.