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BLOOMINGTON - A Rankin man was convicted Wednesday of trying to sell nearly of kilogram of cocaine to an undercover police officer more than a year ago in one of the area's largest drug busts.

McLean County Circuit Judge James Souk found Charles Allison guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and three counts of delivery of cocaine.

The case went to the judge Wednesday morning after Allison agreed waive his jury trial rights. Jurors listened to evidence for two days before being dismissed.

Allison, 54, was arrested after he brought 998 grams of cocaine - nearly 2.2 pounds - to a LeRoy truck stop, intending to sell it for $22,000, prosecutors have said.

Valued at $108,000, the cocaine was the largest amount ever purchased by a Task Force 6 agent, authorities have said.

Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Horve said Monday that Allison not only got caught with the drugs, but confessed to police following his arrest.

The undercover agent, an officer with the Illinois State Police, made three smaller cocaine purchases from Allison before he tried to sell the kilogram in McLean County.

McLean County prosecutors tried the case with the Illinois Attorney General's Office as part of an investigation of Allison that took place in Vermilion, Champaign, DeWitt and McLean counties.

Horve said Wednesday that Allison will face between 15 and 60 years in prison for the Super Class X felony, but he may also be eligible for 120 years in prison based on his previous record.

Allison was awaiting trial on charges that he was dealing cocaine in Vermilion County when he was arrested in LeRoy. The Vermilion County case ended with him receiving 20 years in prison.

Whatever Souk gives Allison during his April 26 sentencing hearing will be consecutive to his current prison sentence, Horve said.


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