Rantoul man gets three-year sentence on drug charge

For Rantoul Press

URBANA — A Rantoul man who had about 1 1/2 pounds of cannabis for sale in his home last fall has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis Wednesday sentenced David Nierenhausen, 41, whose last known address was in the 800 block of Illinois Street, for possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

Assistant State’s Attorney Lindsey Clark said Nierenhausen pleaded guilty to that charge in December, admitting that on Oct. 25, he had about 1.5 pounds of cannabis intended for sale in his home.

Clark said based on previous buys of drugs that Rantoul police had arranged from Nierenhausen, they obtained a search warrant for his Illinois Street home. Besides the cannabis, they found four guns, one of which was a stolen revolver; 3.1 grams of psilocybin, a single dose of LSD; and more than $2,000 in cash, which included marked money police had used in earlier drug purchases.

Clark said Nierenhausen admitted the contraband in the home was his and that he’d been selling cannabis since 2005.

In return for his guilty plea, Clark dismissed charges of armed violence, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a stolen firearm.

Clark said he had no prior criminal convictions.



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