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Felon gets 10 years on drug charges

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Craig H. Hartman

MORRISON – A Sterling man arrested last year in an FBI investigation was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in state prison for drug conspiracy and delivery of a controlled substance.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the state attorney general’s office dropped several other drug and drug conspiracy charges filed against Craig H. Hartman, 26. He was given credit for 225 days served in Whiteside County Jail.

In June, the FBI arrested 19 Chicago-area men, many of whom were suspected members or associates of the Imperial Gangsters, after a 3-year investigation into the sale of drugs and firearms in the Humboldt Park area in northwest Chicago.

Sterling Police and FBI agents arrested Hartman on June 12. Investigators say he and two others conspired to sell crack cocaine in Whiteside County in July 2010.

Hartman has several previous felony convictions.

In February 2007, Hartman was sentenced to 4 years in prison for burglary and 3 years for violating his probation on a 2006 obstruction charge.

In September 2004, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison for possession of a firearm by a felon.

In December 2003, he was sentenced to boot camp after pleading guilty to three counts of burglary.

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