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Pekin Man Sentenced to 151 Months in Prison for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of Illinois

PEORIA, Ill. – A Pekin, Illinois, man, Daniel W. Dawe, 48, of the 1600 block of Crescent Drive has been sentenced to 12 years and 7 months in the Bureau of Prisons, to be followed by 8 years of supervised release for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. 

At the sentencing hearing, the government presented evidence that on or about November 5, 2019, Dawe was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation. Dawe was searched due to his status on parole, and officers located several individual baggies of suspected ice methamphetamine hidden on his person. A lab report later revealed the methamphetamine weighed 17.584 grams and was 100% pure. Dawe admitted he had been released from prison approximately six months prior in June 2019 and had purchased approximately eight ounces of ice methamphetamine in the time frame since his release. Dawe was on mandatory supervised release for the State of Illinois at the time of this offense.

Dawe pleaded guilty to the sole count of the indictment on June 25, 2021, pursuant to a written plea agreement.

Dawe faced enhanced statutory penalties for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute due to his prior 2012 conviction for robbery, a serious violent felony offense - specifically, a minimum of 10 years to life imprisonment, a minimum of eight years to life term of supervised release, and a maximum $8,000,000 fine.

Dawe has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals since his arrest November 5, 2019. The Drug Enforcement Administration and Pekin Police Department investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine G. Legge represented the government in the prosecution.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF)’s National Methamphetamine Strategic Initiative, spearheaded locally out of the Pekin Police Department. The primary goal of this initiative is to address methamphetamine trafficking and its attendant consequences by using a coordinated, multi-agency approach targeting the highest levels of drug trafficking leadership. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at


Updated December 1, 2021

Drug Trafficking