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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, February 12, 2018
John R. Lausch, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: AUSA Assigned

Rockford Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Federal Prison for Cocaine and Firearm Charges

ROCKFORD — A Rockford, Ill. man was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala for possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute it and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon on April 8, 2016. RYAN A. PANCYRZ, 29, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Pancyrz pleaded guilty to the charge on Nov. 6, 2017.

According to the written plea agreement, on April 8, 2016, defendant, a convicted felon, possessed a loaded .32 caliber revolver and 49 plastic baggies of cocaine at a residence on South Fifth Street, in Rockford. In the plea agreement, defendant admitted that he intended to sell the cocaine. Defendant further admitted that he possessed other items associated with drug distribution including a digital scale, two bottles of Inositol, a vitamin supplement used to dilute controlled substances, and $666 in cash. Defendant was arrested by Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the residence on South Fifth Street, in Rockford, on April 8, 2016 and has remained in custody since his arrest.

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; Joseph Bruscato, Winnebago County State’s Attorney; and Gary Caruana, Winnebago County Sheriff.

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

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Field Division: Chicago Field Division