Package of cannabis leads to search, arrest

URBANA — A Rantoul man who allegedly possessed two pounds of cannabis and two handguns Friday at a home in Urbana is expected to be criminally charged Monday.

Charles Hood, 47, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Pinecrest, was arrested Friday by members of the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force, who reported finding more than 940 grams of cannabis in a home in the 1300 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue.

Hood appeared Saturday in court, where Judge Brett Olmstead set his bond at $30,000.

Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said police were called about 9 a.m. Friday by security representatives from the UPS facility on North Lincoln Avenue, who said they had a box containing two plastic bags of suspected cannabis.

After doing a field test to confirm their suspicions, police delivered the package to the house on Cottage Grove Avenue to which it was addressed.

In the driveway was a car that had license plates registered to a Rantoul woman, Surles said. A woman answered the door and accepted the package.

After watching the house for a couple of hours, police obtained a search warrant and served it about 2 p.m.

They found Hood sitting on a bed in a bedroom where two handguns were discovered under the bed, reported police, who said the cannabis was found in a hall closet.

Because of a prior felony conviction for unlawful delivery of cannabis, Hood is not allowed to possess a weapon.

He was arrested on preliminary charges of cannabis trafficking and unlawful use of weapons by a felon.

mschenk@news-gazette.com

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