A man in Illinois entered a plea agreement Nov. 21 after he was charged for his role in an alleged drug deal that occurred in 2010. The incident took place at a restaurant in East Chicago when the defendant and two other men met with a government informant. During the meeting, the defendant allegedly showed the government informant bricks of cocaine that were stored in a hidden compartment in his truck.
One of the other men involved in the incident received a sentence of 37 months in prison after pleading guilty to his drug charges. Another man had his charges dismissed. The remaining defendant is expected to plead guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine.
The defendant’s firearm charge has a mandatory prison sentence of at least five years that runs consecutively with any other prison sentences. The maximum sentence for that charge is life in prison. For the cocaine charge, the defendant faces a sentence of at least five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison plus a fine of up to $5 million.
A person who has been charged for drug crimes after a sting operation may want to speak to a criminal defense lawyer about their options. A lawyer may be able to dispute the charges on the grounds that law enforcement entrapped the defendant using unlawful tactics. If a search and seizure was part of the investigation, a lawyer may look for mistakes in the warrant that could lead to the dismissal of evidence.