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PEORIA — Two Bloomington men face federal drug conspiracy charges related to a drug bust last week in the city that resulted in the seizure of cocaine, cash and weapons.

Raymone Stephens, 30, of the 1100 block of Ekstram Drive, and Khalil Hood, 23, of the 700 block of Fairmont Drive made their initial court appearances Friday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Peoria.

Stephens is being held in federal custody, and a detention hearing is set Thursday for Hood. Both men are scheduled to appear at Nov. 16 preliminary hearings.

The arrests are part of a drug raid early Friday by Bloomington police and federal agents.  Bloomington police said four people were arrested, including Stephens, Hood and Lorenzo Aken, 38, of the 600 block of South Lee Street.  Aken is being held in the McLean County jail lieu of posting $200,035.

A fourth suspect has not been formally charged.

Bloomington police said more arrests are expected during the ongoing investigation.

According to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney John C. Milhiser, Hood and Stephens are accused of conspiring to manufacture and distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine. If convicted, the offense carries a mandatory term of five to 40 years in prison or 10 years to life, if a defendant has one or more prior felony drug convictions.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam W. Ghrist is handling the federal prosecution in conjunction with the McLean County State's Attorney's Office.

During searches of three apartments at 2102 E. Empire St., 2010 E. Empire St. and 705 Fairmont Drive, agents seized 185 grams of powder cocaine, about 115 grams of crack cocaine, $6,900 cash, three handguns, one shotgun and a bulletproof vest.  

Photos: 2018 McLean County jail mug shots

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Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny


McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.

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