man from Urbana gets four years’ probation for heroin trafficking | Courts-police-fire
URBANA – A man from Urbana who admitted to selling heroin was sentenced to four years’ probation on Thursday.
Chernenko Smith, 35, who listed an address in the 1100 block of Austin Drive, Urbana, pleaded guilty in early April to possession with intent to deliver less than a gram of heroin, a Class 2 felony.
He admitted that on June 18, 2020, he had heroin that he intended to sell at a house on Sheridan Drive in Champaign, where police said he lived. The drugs were found in a court-authorized search that also uncovered a loaded handgun, digital scale, plastic bags and documents belonging to Smith suggesting he lived there.
Because of his background, Smith faced an extended prison term of three to 14 years.
When Smith pleaded guilty, Deputy State Attorney Chris McCallum agreed to dismiss the more serious Class X and Class 1 felony counts and cap his sentencing recommendation at five years in prison, the number he asked for on Wednesday. Smith’s attorney, Jamie Propps of Champaign, has asked Judge Roger Webber to order probation.
In arguing for jail time, McCallum sought to illustrate the occupational hazards of drug trafficking by having Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup testify that last year in the county there were 13 gun deaths. fire and 53 drug overdose deaths.
Of these, 42 involved people ingesting too much heroin or fentanyl.
Smith told the judge that the birth of his fourth child, which came while he was in prison awaiting a resolution of his case, made him want to do better.
Webber said he was prepared to give Smith another chance at probation – he was convicted there of other convictions for recklessly discharging a firearm, household battery and resisting a peace officer – but reminded him that if he fails, he faces up to 14 years in prison.
As conditions of his probation, Webber ordered Smith to have his drug addiction assessed and follow treatment recommendations, complete 100 hours of public service, pay a $ 1,000 fine, and make up for ordered child support. by the court of $ 3,000 he owes for one of his four children, ages 1 to 11.
Smith served 172 days in prison before pleading guilty.