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Rock Island Man Faces Federal Drug and Gun Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2008

Rock Island, Ill. - A federal grand jury today charged Terasence Steven Mitten, 26, of the 3700 block of 5th Street, Rock Island, Illinois, with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense. The indictment alleges Mitten possessed five grams or more of crack cocaine on or about July 1, 2008, in Rock Island, with the intent to distribute. At the time, Mitten also allegedly possessed a Hipoint Arms 9mm pistol.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Rock Island Police Department; Moline Police Department; and the FBI Quad Cities Gang Task Force in cooperation with the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Darrow is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Mitten faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to 40 years in prison for the drug offense; possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense carries a statutory minimum five years to life which must be served consecutive to any sentence imposed for the underlying drug trafficking offense.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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