Peoria man sentenced to over 10 years in prison for drug-related crimes

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Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 2:39 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - A Peoria man has been sentenced to over 126 months in prison for drug-related crimes.

Raphael Thompson, 34, of the 1100 block of East Arcadia, was consecutive to 66 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute at least five grams of meth and 60 months in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The total sentence served consecutively is followed y five years of supervised release.

According to a Department of Justice release, the United States presented evidence that law enforcement officers investigated Thompson for drug sales and obtained a search warrant for his residence on East Arcadia in Peoria.

When officers searched the house, they found a loaded Jimenez Arms .380 caliber handgun with a defaced serial number, 55.6 grams of a substance that was determined to contain 31.1 grams of pure methamphetamine, approximately 5.17 grams of crack cocaine, 30 methamphetamine pills, and a digital scale.

Thompson admitted that he possessed the crack cocaine and “molly” pills and had been selling drugs.

The statutory penalties for possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine are 5 to 40 years imprisonment and 4 years to life of supervised release. The penalties for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking are 5 years to life imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, and up to 5 years of supervised release. Fines of up to $250,000 are also possible.