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Man convicted of drug charge while on parole

On Feb. 3, a man in Illinois was sentenced to over 12½ years in federal prison for drug activities. The 35-year-old man was handed the 151-month prison sentenced after he was convicted of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. After serving his prison sentence, the man will be on probation for three years.

The man's latest drug charges stemmed from an incident in early January when a police dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs in the man's car. When police conducted a search, they discovered nearly $3,000 in small bills. The man was strip searched at the Alton City Jail and allegedly found to be in possession of 20 pieces of crack cocaine. Police also said that they found marijuana in the man's possession.

According to court records, the man has been convicted of seven felonies since 1998. He was convicted of the manufacture or delivery of cocaine in 2008 and sentenced to nine years in prison. When police took the man into custody in January, he was on parole after his release from prison. Information revealed in court and plea hearings indicated that the man distributed almost 7 kilograms of cocaine during the second half of 2015.

A person may face elevated sentencing if convicted of crimes while on parole. An attorney may be able to help a defendant in this situation argue for reduced charges or sentencing. If police violated the defendant's rights in any way during the investigation, an attorney may use this fact to suppress key pieces of evidence.

Source: The Telegraph, "Alton cocaine dealer sentenced to more than 12 years in prison," Feb. 3, 2017

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