Champaign Couple found with Weapons, Ammunition and Drugs

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CHAMPAIGN – Our news partners at the Champaign News-Gazette report a Champaign couple has been charged after authorities discovered loaded weapons, ammunition and drugs in their home.

Reporter Mary Schenk writes that State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said police officers from the multijurisdictional street crimes task force were sent to a home in the 900 block of North Fourth Street to do a court-ordered search.

According to Rietz, a confidential source informed police they had purchased cannabis at the home earlier in the week, so authorities obtained a warrant.

The home was occupied by 33-year-old Brandon Meeks, 43-year-old Allinda Jones and several children.

Schenk writes that while police were searching the home, Jones asked if she could retrieve sock and shoes for a child that was sleeping in one of the rooms. When the detective offered to do it for her and went to the drawer Jones indicated, Rietz says the detective found 11 bags of suspected crack cocaine. The substance weighed in at about 2.5 grams. 12 bags of cannabis were also found in the draw, weighing in at around a total of 11 ounces.

Authorities also found a loaded Glock handgun was found in the garage, as well as a vehicle registered to Jones containing a 9 mm handgun and a magazine loaded with .32-caliber ammunition. The News-Gazette writes that even more ammunition was found in the kitchen.

Rietz told the News-Gazette that Jones has a valid firearm owner’s identification but claimed the gun did not belong to her.

Jones also said Meeks is her boyfriend and that he lives with her. Meeks is on parole for a 2013 domestic battery conviction in which Jones was the victim, according to Rietz.

The News-Gazette reports Meeks has been charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and cannabis, being an armed habitual criminal and unlawful use of weapons by a felon. Jones has only been with the drug offenses, which are Class X felonies.

Meeks is being held in lieu of $2 million bond and is due back in court on February 26 for a probable cause hearing, while Jones’ bond is set at $50,000 with a court date of April 12.

The News-Gazette’s full article can be found here.

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