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Sterling man faces felony drug charges

Police say they twice bought crack from 35-year-old

STERLING – A Sterling man was in Whiteside County Jail on Friday after police said he sold crack cocaine near a school in Sterling and a day care in Rock Falls.

Dandre A. James, 35, is charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine), 1 to 15 grams, within 1,000 feet of a child day care, which carries 6 to 30 years in prison. He also is charged unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine), less than a gram, within 1,000 feet of a school, which carries 4 to 15 years.

Sterling police said in a news release that they conducted two controlled drug buys from James. In the first, $50 was used to buy crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of St. Mary’s School, 606 Ave. B, in Sterling.

In the second controlled drug buy, police say $200 was used to buy crack cocaine from James within 1,000 feet of Teri’s Day Care, 501 W. 14th St., in Rock Falls.

James fled on foot when officers attempted to arrest him, police said, but was captured in the parking lot of The Beverage Store, 500 W. U.S. Route 30, in Rock Falls. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting a police officer.

Sterling police were assisted by the Rock Falls Police Department.

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