PEORIA — A Bloomington man was sentenced Thursday in federal court to more than 16 years in prison for his role in a crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy in 2018.
Raymone Stephens, 31, of the 100 block of Ekstam Drive was arrested in November 2018, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of Illinois. On Sept. 4, 2019, he pleaded guilty to participating in the conspiracy and eight counts of related possession and distribution of crack cocaine in the Bloomington-Normal area, the office said in a news release.
A co-defendant, Khalil Hood, 29, also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy and one count of possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 31, the office said.
Stephens has been in custody of the U.S. marshals since his arrest and will be transferred to the federal Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence of 16 years and eight months.
Three additional defendants from Bloomington faced state charges in McLean County, court records said.
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Lorenzo Aken, 39, of the 600 block of South Lee Street, pleaded guilty in March 2019 to delivery of 15-100 grams of cocaine.
Larry Lanier, 54, of the 2000 block of East Empire Street was charged with permitting an unlawful use of a building and possession of a controlled substance.
Damoni Clemon, 45, of the 2000 block of East Empire Street was charged with unlawful possession of 15-100 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver.
The cases for Lanier and Clemon remain pending.
During their investigation, officers recovered more than 300 grams of cocaine, four handguns, a pistol-grip shotgun and a bulletproof vest, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of Illinois.
The cases resulted from a lengthy investigation by the Bloomington Police Department and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration in the summer and fall of 2018.
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