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Springfield Man Convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine

January 7, 2010

Springfield, Ill. – A federal jury today returned a verdict of guilty against Thomas A. Yarrington, 27, of the 700 block of Rickard Road, Springfield, Illinois, for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in Springfield in May 2008. The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before returning the guilty verdict.

Jurors began hearing evidence in the trial on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010. The government presented evidence that Yarrington possessed more than 300 grams of cocaine and nearly $15,000 in cash on May 22, 2008, in his apartment in Springfield. On Dec. 2, 2008, a federal grand jury returned the indictment charging Yarrington.

U.S. District Judge Jeanne E. Scott scheduled sentencing on May 17, 2010. Yarrington faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

Following the verdict, Yarrington was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department; the Springfield Police Department; and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason M. Bohm and David E. Risley.

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