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Admitted meth dealer sentenced to federal prison time

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A federal judge has sentenced a 43-year old Peoria man to 12 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine in several central Illinois communities, including Bloomington.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid found Demarco Washington was responsible for distributing more than five pounds of meth to dealers in Bloomington, Peoria, and Pekin between at least March of 2020 and January of 2021. Washington had two previous drug-dealing convictions. He pleaded guilty to the latest charges in November.

Washington also faces eight years of supervised release following the prison time. The minimum sentence for the conviction was 10 years in prison; the maximum would have been life behind bars.

The U.S. Attorney's office said the case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force National Methamphetamine Strategic Initiative, spearheaded in central Illinois from the Pekin Police Department.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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