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Bloomington man sentenced to 16 years for crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy

PEORIA (WEEK) -- A Bloomington man has been sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for a crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy in 2018.

Raymone Stephens, 31, was sentenced January 9 in federal court in Peoria, according to a release by the U.S. Department of Justice.

On September 4, 2019, Stephens pleaded guilty to eight counts of related possession and distribution of crack cocaine in the Bloomington-Normal area.

During the investigation, officers recovered more than 300 grams of cocaine, four handguns, a pistol-grip shotgun and a bullet-proof vest.

The investigation lasted several months in the summer and fall of 2018 by the Bloomington Police Department and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Also arrested in the investigation was Khalil Hood, 29, who pleaded guilty to the conspiracy and to one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Hood is scheduled to be sentenced on January 31.

Three others were convicted on state charges in McLean county in relation to the investigation.

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