Police: Elgin man planned to sell cocaine near park
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An Elgin man faces felony drug charges after authorities search his apartment Sunday and found cocaine in 20 individual packages, according to Elgin police and court records.
Brian D. Long, of the 300 block of Raymond Street, face charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a school or park, and felony possession of less than 15 grams of cocaine, according to court records.
According to police, Observatory Park, 259 National St., is near Long's apartment.
The most serious charge carries a possible prison term of six to 30 years, with no possibility of probation.
According to an Elgin police report, authorities executed a search warrant at Long's apartment Sunday morning, finding him there, along with "approximately 20 individually packaged plastic bags of suspected cocaine totaling 7.2 grams."
The substances tested positive as cocaine and Long later was interviewed at the police station, police said.
"Long admitted to possessing the cocaine for personal use. He advised he paid approximately $100-$150 for the cocaine. He would not reveal where he purchased the cocaine from," the report said.
Long's bail amount was not immediately available. He is next due in court on Aug. 2.
According to court records, Elgin police arrested Long in September 2007 on misdemeanor charges of possession of between 10 and 30 grams of marijuana. He eventually was found guilty, was fined $90 and spent five days in jail, records show.
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