Chicago man sentenced after police find bag of cocaine in Carbondale

Updated: Jan. 22, 2016 at 9:03 PM CST
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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The Jackson County State's Attorney announced Friday that a Chicago man was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to drug possession charges.

On June 19, 2015, officers of the Carbondale Police Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officers were at the Amtrak station in Carbondale to arrest an individual on an outstanding warrant.

During that process, they found a duffel bag which had been left unattended.

No one claimed ownership of that bag, and the officers were asked to take possession of the bag by Amtrak officials.

A search of the bag yielded around 250 grams of cocaine.

A Carbondale officer had been present in his squad car with the in-car video running at the time of the occurrence.

In that video, Anthony R. Roper, 32, was seen walking up the ramp where the bag was recovered with the duffel bag over his shoulder.

When he exited the ramp, he no longer had the bag in his possession.

Officers arrested Roper shortly after.

In an interview, Roper admitted that he owned the bag and acknowledged that the bag contained cocaine which he brought to Carbondale to deliver it to another person.

He was sentenced to serve 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a period of three years of mandatory supervised release.

He is required to serve 75% of the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the Carbondale Police Department and the DEA.

Assistant State's Attorney Mark Hamrock was responsible for the prosecution of this case.

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