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URBANA -- A Mattoon man's arrest in January for allegedly selling methamphetamine and possessing a gun has led to federal charges.

Zachery M. Riley was arrested after he fled from the scene of a traffic stop in Mattoon on Jan. 2, and methamphetamine and a handgun were found in trash bin where he was located, court records show.

Riley, 24, for whom Coles County court records list an address of 1321 S. Sixth St., told police he'd traveled to Arthur to bring methamphetamine back to Mattoon to sell and that he'd conducted several sales of the drug, the records say.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, carrying a firearm during drug trafficking and possession of a firearm by a felon.

That led to the dismissal of state charges filed against Riley in Coles County, a common move by county prosecutors when there are federal charges based on the same allegations.

Riley pleaded not guilty to the federal charges during a court appearance last month and his next hearing is scheduled for April 9. A federal court judge ordered his detention as the case proceeds.

His possible sentence on the federal charges would be determined if he's convicted. Federal sentences are based on several factors such as the convicted person's criminal record and other history.

In Coles County, Riley was charged with offenses in connection with his Jan. 2 arrest that would have required prison time with a conviction.

The charges in that case were possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, which had a sentencing range of three to 14 years, and possession of a weapon by a felon, which had a two- to 10-year range.

Riley was also charged in Coles County with methamphetamine possession for allegedly having the drug on May 28. That charge was also dismissed based on his federal prosecution.


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