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July 25, 2014

Former Chicago Man Sentenced to More Than 36 Years in Federal Prison on Federal Drug Conspiracy Charges

ROCKFORD, IL—A fo1mer Chicago, Ill. man was sentenced on July 22, 2014, in federal court on drug conspiracy charges. ROBERT PRESLEY, 34, also known as “Munchie,” was sentenced to 440 months in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. After a nine-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court in Rockford, Presley was convicted on June 14, 2012, of conspiracy to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin, one count of possessing a firearm in inheritance of a drug-trafficking crime, and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the indictment and evidence at trial, Steven McDowell, 38, fo1merly of Rockford, also known as “Ty,” was the leader of an illegal diug trafficking operation in Rockford. Beginning as early as April 2010, and continuing into December 2010, the conspirators obtained large amounts of heroin from Chicago, transpolied the heroin to Rockford where it was diluted for resale and packaged in smaller zip lock bags or baggies for individual use, then grouped into packs. Presley’s role was to obtain raw heroin from Chicago and to assist in the distribution. The defendants used rnnners to distribute street-level quantities of heroin at numerous locations in Rockford. McDowell and other co-conspirators rented cai·s that were used to deliver heroin to their street-level dealers, and used cell phones to notify rnnners where to go to distribute heroin to a customer or for when a rnnner needed to be resupplied or have money picked up. Some of the co-conspirators, including Presley, used or possessed firea1ms for protection dming their operations.

Two other men were also convicted on June 14, 2012, after the jury trial, and previously sentenced for their roles in the drug conspiracy:

STEVEN T. McDOWELL was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin, and six counts of distribution of heroin, and was sentenced on Feb. 7, 2013, to 315 months in federal prison for his role in the conspiracy. McDowell was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following his imprisonment.

JEREMY COOPER, 26, formerly of Chicago, also known as “J.D.,” was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin, three counts of distribution of heroin, one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Cooper was sentenced on Sept. 18, 2012, to 270 months in federal prison, and five years of supervised release following his imprisonment.

In addition, two other men pled guilty to their involvement in the conspiracy: MURRAY STEVE HARRIS, JR., 38, formerly of Chicago, also known as “M,” pled guilty on Jan. 19, 2012, to conspiracy to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin, and was sentenced on April 19, 2012, to 130 months in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release following his imprisonment.

NORMAN BREEDLOVE, 48, formerly of Rockford, also known as “Way,” pled guilty on May 24, 2012, to one count of conspiracy to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin, and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and is awaiting sentencing.

The sentencing was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Richard Meyers, Winnebago County Sheriff; and Chet Epperson, Chief of the Rockford Police Department.

The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark T. Karner.

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