UIPD busts largest Campustown cocaine dealership in recent years

By Andrea Flores, Assistant Daytime News Editor

Two men were arrested after police executed a search warrant on an apartment near the intersection of Fourth and John streets in Champaign Sunday night.

During the raid, 412 grams of cocaine were seized, making it one of the largest cocaine busts University Police has seen recently in Campustown, University Police Lt. Joseph McCullough said in a press release.

Along with the cocaine, UIPD found about 35 doses of MDMA, an undisclosed amount of marijuana, numerous scales, drug equipment and about $1,500 in cash. UIPD reports that the seized drugs have a street value of more than $20,000.

The apartment had been under surveillance by UIPD’s narcotics detectives for about a month. Information was subsequently received about suspected drug activity, and detectives obtained a search warrant on Friday.  Just after 7 p.m. Sunday, police executed that warrant.

Daniel L. Sagan, 21-year-old resident of the apartment, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Sagan withdrew from the University at the beginning of the fall semester.

During the search, Adolfo E. Robles Valdez arrived, reportedly to collect money from Sagan for a previous shipment of cocaine. UIPD found $9,540 in Valdez’s truck and arrested him for conspiring to commit drug crimes. 

Both men are in holding at Champaign County Jail.

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Correction: An earlier version of this article made it seem like there were 35 doses of MDMA and marijuana found.  The UIPD seized 35 doses of MDMA and an undisclosed amount of marijuana.