Convicted McLean County drug dealer sentenced to 18 years in prison

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Published: Dec. 9, 2022 at 11:35 PM CST
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BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - A man who said he resorted to sell drugs in the Twin Cities to get his family’s food truck up and running was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison.

Edward Holmes, 51, was one of McLean County’s biggest drug dealers, if not the biggest, said Assistant State’s Attorney Jeff Horve during Friday’s court hearing.

Horve recommended 30 years in prison for Holmes, who pleaded guilty in October to possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. The state’s attorney’s office agreed to dismiss 32 other felony counts.

Horve said the Bloomington Police Vice Unit arrested Holmes last January when he returned home from a drug run in Mississippi.

At the time of his arrest, authorities said Holmes was in possession of 380 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $50,000, along with methamphetamine.

At sentencing, Judge Casey Costigan received nine letters of support for Holmes from family members. Holmes also did volunteer work after his release from prison for earlier drug convictions.

In court, Holmes apologized. Holmes told the judge he made a bad choice returning to his drug-dealing ways but needed money to operate his family’s food truck.

Holmes will have to serve 75% of his 18-year sentence.