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Former resident sentenced to prison

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 3:27 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — A former Bureau County man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to a felony drug charge.

Rogelio Mata, 33, formerly of DePue, entered his guilty plea in Bureau County Court on June 4 for the Class 1 felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, cocaine. Mata was ordered to serve five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and ordered to pay fines, fees and court costs totaling $2,901 within one year of his release from prison. The $12,000 cash bond which Mata had previously posted had been forfeited.

In December 2010, the TRIDENT task force was conducting an investigation into cocaine sales in DePue. Based on that investigation, the task force obtained search warrants for two residences in DePue. Both search warrants were executed on Dec. 30, 2010.

Mata was arrested after finding cocaine on his person and within one of the residences. He was charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Mata posted bond on Feb. 22, 2011. When he failed to appear in court on April 18, 2011, a warrant for his arrest was issued. Mata was arrested on that warrant on March 24, in the state of New Mexico.

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