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Man Arrested After Trying To Have Cannabis Sent By FedEx

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URBANA — A Rantoul man who had about 87 pounds of cannabis delivered to his cousin's house in Rantoul was charged Friday with cannabis trafficking, a Class X felony.

Lincoln Lee, 26, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Falcon Drive, is accused of having the cannabis delivered to his cousin Marcia Holliday's home in the 1000 block of Eastview Drive from Phoenix on Thursday.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Jackson said FedEx agents alerted the Champaign County sheriff's office on Wednesday of the shipment.

A sheriff's deputy dressed as a FedEx employee then delivered the box to Holliday, 27, on Thursday.

Lee was arrested after he was seen putting the box in his vehicle.

Jackson said Holliday told investigators that Lee had paid her between $500 and $1,000 to accept between 15 and 20 deliveries from Phoenix previously.

Sheriff's deputies did not arrest Holliday on Thursday; the state's attorney's office got a warrant Friday for her arrest for cannabis trafficking as well. The charge is a Class X felony carrying penalties ranging from 12 to 30 years upon conviction.

Judge Richard Klaus set bond for both Lee and Holliday at $100,000.

Urbana attorney Bruce Ratcliffe appeared for Lee and asked that his case be set for the March 11 pretrial before Judge Tom Difanis.

Jackson said Lee had prior convictions for domestic battery, unlawful use of weapons and delivery of a controlled substance.

Depending on the grade of the cannabis, its street value can range from $800 to $1,000 a pound, according to local police.

Source: The News-Gazette
Copyright: 2008, The News-Gazette
Contact: Mary Schenk
Website: The News-Gazette.com: Man arrested after trying to have cannabis sent by FedEx
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