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URBANA — Two Champaign men remained jailed Saturday after their arrests for drug-related offenses Thursday.

Assistant State's Attorney Tim Sullivan said Sean Gentle, 48, and Antonio Bright, 56, were arrested at a motel in the 200 block of West Marketview Drive in Champaign by members of the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force.

Sullivan said officers obtained search warrants for two different rooms in the motel where the men were staying as well as for Gentle's home in the 1200 block of North Northwood Drive, Champaign, and his car.

The search warrants were based on previous controlled buys of suspected drugs that police informants had made from Gentle and Bright, Sullivan said.

Gentle was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, heroin and MDMA (Ecstasy), and a fourth count of possession of cannabis. The most serious of the charges involving the heroin is a Class 1 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to one to 15 years in prison upon conviction.

Sullivan said that in Gentle's motel room, police found the following suspected illicit drugs: four MDMA pills, 2.7 grams of heroin, two-tenths of a gram of cocaine; and 8.4 grams of suspected cannabis. They also found packaging materials and an electronic scale.

Police also found suspected cocaine, heroin and MDMA on Gentle and cannabis in his car, Sullivan said.

In a separate search of Bright's room, police found 26 tablets of alprazolam, an anti-anxiety medication, three-tenths of a gram of suspected heroin, 3.4 grams of suspected cannabis, packaging materials, electronic scales and a box of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition.

Bright was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and alprazolam and unlawful use of weapons by a felon.

Because of a prior conviction for possession of a controlled substance, Bright is not allowed to possess a gun or ammunition. He also had other prior convictions for assault with a dangerous weapon from Michigan and possession of drug paraphernalia, Sullivan said.

Judge John Kennedy set Bright's bond at $50,000 and told him to be back in court Nov. 6. If convicted of the most serious charge, he faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

Hearing Gentle's prior convictions for burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, obstructing a peace officer, unlawful use of weapons by a felon, possession of a controlled substance, robbery, domestic battery and driving under revocation dating to 1987, Kennedy set his bond at $150,000.

Gentle was also given a Nov. 6 court date.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).