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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Central District of Illinois

For Immediate Release

October 6, 2011

James A. Lewis, United States Attorney

Contact: Sharon Paul
(217) 492-4450

Kankakee Felon to Serve 42 ½ Years in Federal Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Possession of Machine Guns

Urbana, Ill. – A Kankakee, Ill., man, Jeffery Dickerson, 41, was sentenced today to serve 511 months (42 years, 7 months) in federal prison for drug and gun offenses. Following a threeday trial in June 2011, a jury found Dickerson guilty of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of a firearm, including machine guns, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey noted that Dickerson's sentence of 151 months on the drug charge, 31 months beyond the mandatory minimum 10-year sentence, appropriately reflects the court's finding that Dickerson attempted to threaten, intimidate and influence a witness prior to trial. In addition, Judge McCuskey noted the dangerous nature of multiple machine guns possessed by Dickerson in ordering that Dickerson serve a mandatory consecutive 30 years for possession of machine guns in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Evidence presented by the government at trial showed that in September 2010, Dickerson possessed more than 125 grams of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it and six firearms, including three machine guns, at two apartments and a rented storage shed. At the time of the offense, Dickerson had prior felony convictions in Illinois and Oklahoma.

Dickerson has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in November 2010, when a grand jury returned the three-count indictment.

The charges were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Kankakee Area PSN Task force, and the Kankakee County Major Crimes Task Force under the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene L. Miller.