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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
John R. Lausch, Jr.
, United States Attorney

Rockford Man Sentenced to 186 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Crack Cocaine and Heroin and Possessing a Firearm

ROCKFORD —A Rockford man was sentenced yesterday in federal court by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala on gun and drug charges. DERRICK T. NEVILLE, JR., 28, of Rockford, Ill., was sentenced to 186 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

On July 24, 2018, Neville pleaded guilty to one count of possessing crack cocaine and heroin with the intent to distribute it, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. As stated in the written plea agreement, on the morning of Jan. 27, 2017, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at an apartment where Neville was staying. Neville admitted in the plea agreement that when the warrant was executed he possessed heroin and crack cocaine that he intended to distribute. Neville also admitted he possessed tools used for packaging and distributing narcotics, a stolen pistol, and a plastic baggie containing 20 rounds of ammunition. Neville further admitted that he possessed a second pistol, loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition, under the driver’s seat of his car, which was parked outside the apartment.

The sentencing was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Celinez Nunez, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and Gary Caruana, Winnebago County Sheriff. The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Talia Bucci.

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Chicago Field Division