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Five Men Charged With Conspiracy To Distribute cocaine In Kewanee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2012

Rock Island, Ill. – The last of five defendants charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in Kewanee, Ill., has been arrested. Frederick J. Coleman, aka “Black,” 33, of Kewanee, was arrested yesterday by the U.S. Marshals Service and made his initial appearance in federal court in Rock Island today. Coleman was ordered to remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending arraignment and detention hearings scheduled on June 25, 2012.

Coleman is charged, along with four other men, with a single count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute at least 280 grams of crack cocaine from December 2010 to Apr. 6, 2012.

Those charged are:

  • Frederick J. Coleman, aka “Black,” 33, of Kewanee, Ill.;
  • Jerry L. Brown, aka “Jake,” 33, of Kewanee;
  • Darrion Capers, aka “D-Ron,” “Floyd,” 22, of Joliet;
  • Nicholas W. Clark, aka “Sticky,” 23, of Chicago; and,
  • James A. Tatum, aka “Chris,” “Oso,” “Rico,” 22, of Chicago.

Tatum was arrested on June 8, 2012, in the Western District of Missouri, and is scheduled to appear in Rock Island on June 28. Brown, Capers and Clark have each been ordered to remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Trial in the case is currently scheduled on Sept. 24, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sara Darrow.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Kewanee Police Department; and the Illinois State Police, Blackhawk Area Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk W. Schuler.

If convicted, the statutory mandatory minimum penalty for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute at least 280 grams of crack cocaine is 10 years to life in prison. If a defendant has one prior felony drug conviction, the mandatory minimum penalty is 20 years to life in prison. With two or more prior felony drug convictions, the statutory penalty is life in prison.

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

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