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Search of Champaign home nets 16 pounds of cannabis, $40,000 cash

URBANA — A man and woman arrested Thursday at a Champaign home where police found more than 16 pounds of suspected cannabis and about $40,000 cash are expected to be formally charged Friday.

Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force Sgt. Dave Griffet said Steven P. Williams, 24, who listed an address on North Hazel in Danville, and Arionna Smith, 23, of the 1800 block of Parkdale Drive, were taken into custody following a 6 a.m. search of the Parkdale Drive address.

Griffet said police had been investigating allegations of suspected drug dealing from the home for a few months and by Wednesday, felt they had enough information to obtain a search warrant.

With the help of the Champaign police SWAT team, the court-authorized search began at 6 a.m. Thursday on the house, which was equipped with surveillance cameras.

In the home, Griffet said officers found several vacuum-sealed bags containing cannabis in the living room and bedroom. There was also just under $40,000 in cash in plain view.

Police also found two pistols and two rifles in the home. He said Smith has a valid firearm owner’s identification card but Williams is not allowed to possess weapons because of a prior felony conviction from Vermilion County.

The state’s attorney’s office expected to file Class X possession with intent to deliver cannabis charges because of the amount of cannabis involved against both Williams and Smith.

Williams is also expected to be charged with unlawful possession of weapon by a felon.

Griffet said the street value of that amount of cannabis is in the neighborhood of $55,000.

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