For Immediate Release
Suburban Chicago Man Sentenced to Six and a Half Years in Federal Prison for Dealing Drugs and Illegally Possessing Firearm
CHICAGO — A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison for dealing crack cocaine and illegally possessing a loaded handgun.
In 2020 and 2021, LARRY DENNIS conducted a drug-dealing operation from his residence in Markham, Ill. When a customer arrived outside of the home, Dennis would typically approach the customer or their vehicle to deliver baggies of narcotics in exchange for cash. In December 2020, Dennis pointed a gun at a man during a drug-debt dispute in the driveway of Dennis’s home.
Law enforcement in January 2021 conducted a court-authorized search of Dennis’s residence and discovered cocaine, marijuana, drug packaging materials, and a loaded handgun. Dennis had previously been convicted of multiple state felonies, including firearm offenses, and was not lawfully allowed to possess the gun.
Dennis, 39, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a federal drug charge. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman imposed the sentence Monday after a hearing in federal court in Chicago.
The sentence was announced by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Christopher Amon, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Daniel Delaney, Chief of the Midlothian, Ill., Police Department. Valuable assistance in the investigation was provided by the Markham Police Department, Dolton, Ill., Police Department, and Orland Park, Ill., Police Department. The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Saurish Appleby-Bhattacharjee.