Judge maintains bond in DeKalb drug case

SYCAMORE – Adrian Chaney made his own legal argument Tuesday morning after a DeKalb County judge declined his attorney's request to reduce his $250,000 bond in a recent drug case.

Chaney, 30, of the 1400 block of Twombly Road in DeKalb, emphasized that he was presumed innocent of the charges alleging he had about four pounds of marijuana and half an ounce of cocaine in his apartment March 27. He also argued that he had shown up for all his court dates in previous criminal cases, was not accused of being violent and could better prepare his defense outside of jail.

"I'm crippled in this place," Chaney told Associate Judge John McAdams. "I don't understand why the bond is so ridiculously high."

McAdams acknowledged his points, but again denied his request to reduce the bond to $40,000, which would require posting $4,000 to be released while the case was pending. McAdams pointed out that Chaney could be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge he faces, and that he twice was convicted of drug possession in the past 10 years.

More recently, Chaney was serving probation for possession of cocaine when police had a confidential source buy cocaine from him twice so they could obtain a search warrant, court records show.

Chaney was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful delivery of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is next due in court May 6.