A man accused in federal court of trafficking methamphetamine in Rock Island County has been sentenced.

Jose Zepeda, 31, Moline, pleaded guilty on Nov. 15 to a charge of conspiracy to distribute drugs, according to federal court records filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. His plea was part of a negotiation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the district. His second charge, possessing drugs with intent to distribute, was dropped.

Zepeda was sentenced on June 5 by Chief Judge Sara Darrow to 54 months in federal prison and another two years of mandatory supervised release upon completion of his incarceration, according to court records.

Federal authorities also charged Cody M. Baker, 33, East Moline, with conspiracy to distribute drugs and possessing drugs with intent to distribute in the case, according to court records. He has also been accused of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Baker pleaded guilty to the conspiracy and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking charges, records state. He pleaded in May as part of a plea agreement, but details of that agreement were not available in court records. Baker is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 12.

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Authorities allege that between about June 1 and Aug. 1, 2018, the two men had at least 50 grams of actual methamphetamine and at least 500 grams of a mixture that included methamphetamine, according to federal court records. Baker was accused of having a .45-caliber pistol and ammunition.

They initially were charged in Rock Island County on Aug. 2, according to county court records.

Baker was charged with armed violence, being an armed habitual criminal, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of methamphetamine with intention to deliver, according to county court documents. Zepeda was charged with armed violence and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

They were arrested by agents of the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group, county court records state. The incident happened Aug. 1, but records did not specify where.

The local cases against Baker and Zepeda were dropped on Aug. 23 in favor of the federal cases.


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