CHAMPAIGN — Two University of Illinois students who allegedly had about a pound of cannabis intended for sale on Wednesday were criminally charged with that offense Thursday.
University of Illinois police served a search warrant Wednesday night at the apartment of Christopher Flores, 22, at 901 S. Second St., and found 493 grams — just over a pound — of cannabis, pills, and about $5,000 in cash.
Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said included in the cash was marked money that police had given to informants to buy drugs on previous occasions.
Also charged was Richard Failla, 21, who listed an address in the 200 block of East Daniel Street. Carlson said Failla was at Flores' apartment and had a backpack containing cannabis and cash. He told police that he was selling cannabis for Flores.
Flores was also charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for having pills that contain amphetamines. Carlson said the drugs are typically used to treat attention deficit disorder.
Judge Richard Klaus set bond for Flores at $25,000 and for Failla at $15,000.
Both men were told to be back in court May 1.
If convicted of the cannabis charge, the two men face penalties ranging from probation to two to five years in prison.