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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Illinois

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Poplar Grove Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Federal Prison for Selling Methamphetamine

ROCKFORD — A Poplar Grove resident was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala for distributing 448 grams of methamphetamine. 


ARMAN M. DINO, 46, who pleaded guilty to the charge on May 30, 2017, was sentenced to nine years in federal prison, to be followed by eight years’ supervised release.


According to the written plea agreement, on May 19, 2016, Dino was at his residence on Candlewick Lake when he sold more than a pound of methamphetamine to an individual who was cooperating with the government.  After the cooperating individual paid Dino $10,000 and left, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant on Dino’s residence and seized an additional 37 grams of methamphetamine and $10,790 in cash.  Dino was arrested that day.


The sentencing was announced by Joel R. Levin, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; John P. Selleck, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Dennis A. Wichern, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration; Boone County Sheriff David Ernest; and Belvidere Police Chief Jan Noble. 


The multi-jurisdictional investigation was conducted by the Belvidere/Boone County Metro Narcotics Unit, along with agents from the FBI, DEA and Rockford Police Department.


The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Pedersen.

Drug Trafficking
Updated October 12, 2017