CHARLESTON — A Chicago man was sentenced to five years in prison for his conviction for having heroin reportedly found during a Coles County traffic stop.
Darien D. Simmons, 24, admitted to police that the drugs found in the vehicle on April 17, 2016, belonged to him, according to records in his case.
He was convicted at a jury trial in October of the offense of possession of a controlled substance, though he was charged with possession with intent to deliver.
The heroin that was reportedly found, about three grams or about one-tenth of an ounce, was divided into 21 bags, according to the case’s records.
However, the jury at Simmons’ trial apparently believed there wasn’t enough evidence to support the charge alleging that he planned to sell or otherwise distribute the drug.
The traffic stop took place near the intersection of Illinois Route 130 and County Road 1000N, north of Charleston, and a search followed because an officer smelled marijuana, the case’s records say.