Undercover drug buys lead to Belleville man's arrest

News-DemocratNovember 14, 2013 

Seal of the Illinois State Police.

— Illinois State Police undercover drug agents made three buys of crack cocaine from a house in the 400 block of North 22nd Street last week.

Those purchases led to the arrest of a Belleville man who was on probation for burglary.

Exavier Edwards, 36, was charged Thursday with three counts of delivery of a 1 to 15 grams of a controlled substance. The charges are all Class X felonies, which means the offense is punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

Joe Beliveau, commander of the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois, said several additional arrests are anticipated.

During the search a search of the home, agents seized an undisclosed amount of different illegal drugs and firearms, Beliveau said.

Edwards is being held in the St. Clair County jail in lieu of $350,000 bail.

Illinois State Police arrested him near the intersection of 26th Street and Bond Avenue in East St. Louis.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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