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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Illinois
John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Central Illinois Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Federal Prison for Attempting to Traffic Cocaine in Chicago

CHICAGO — A central Illinois man has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for attempting to traffic cocaine in Chicago.

A jury last year convicted TEKOA Q. TINCH, 34, of Bloomington, Ill., of attempting to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute.  Tinch in May 2018 attempted to buy a kilogram of cocaine from an individual in a grocery store parking lot in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago.  Unbeknownst to Tinch, the cocaine was fake and the seller was an undercover law enforcement officer.

U.S. District Judge Andrea R. Wood imposed the sentence Tuesday after a hearing in federal court in Chicago.  Judge Wood also found that Tinch directed an individual to purchase two firearms for Tinch in April 2018, and that those firearms were in the vehicle when Tinch drove to the meeting with the undercover officer.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Bell, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Kristen de Tineo, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and David Brown, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

“For many years the City of Chicago and other areas in the Northern District of Illinois have been plagued by drug trafficking, along with the violent crime that often accompanies drug trafficking,” Assistant U.S. Attorney John D. Mitchell argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum.  “While drug trafficking is always a serious crime, the circumstances of defendant’s offense of conviction are particularly serious.”

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