Man arrested for drug possession


A West Liberty man was arrested Saturday after the Urbana Police Division recovered drug items from a vehicle in which he was riding.

Michael A. Fisher, 28, of 179 state Route 508, is charged with felony charges of possession of heroin and possession of tramadol, in addition to misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, possession of syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to information provided by Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell, Urbana police were investigating suspicious activity in and around Wal-Mart, 1840 E. U.S. Route 36, at 7:12 a.m. Saturday. Police located and detained two individuals suspected of being involved in a theft attempt inside the store earlier as well as various drug abuse offenses.

During their investigation, police determined that Kristen Camden, 24, of Dayton, was the driver of a vehicle that had taken Fisher to the store. Neither of the individuals had valid driver’s licenses as both were under various license suspensions.

Additionally, Fisher had several outstanding warrants for failure to appear on various traffic-related charges through the Champaign County Municipal Court.

During the investigation into suspicious activity inside the store, police determined that both individuals were in violation of numerous felony and misdemeanor drug offenses. Police recovered packaged heroin capsules as well as heroin rocks, prescription medications, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including several syringes.

Police issued Camden a traffic summons for driving without a license and driving under suspensions and released her, pending presenting her drug offense cases to an upcoming grand jury. An arraignment on her traffic offenses was scheduled for Monday, but the municipal court’s website states a bench warrant was issued on the same day.

After being checked at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Fisher was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail where he was held for the failure to appear warrants and the new charges against him.

Fisher’s bond was established at $30,000 Monday during an arraignment hearing in the municipal court. A pretrial hearing in the case is scheduled for Monday.


By Nick Walton

[email protected]

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

No posts to display