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Dixon parolee accused of dealing cocaine

Deon Black
Deon Black

DIXON – A Dixon man on parole in a 1996 Cook County battery with a firearm case was arrested late Thursday and charged with dealing cocaine.

A search of Deon M. Black’s North Court apartment by Dixon police and Lee County Sheriff’s deputies around 11:30 p.m. turned up 100 grams of cocaine and a semi-automatic handgun, Dixon police said in a news release.

Black is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and being an armed habitual criminal, each of which is punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison; possession of a controlled substance, which carries 4 to 15 years; and possession of a weapon by a felon, which carries 3 to 7 years.

He is being held on $75,000 bond and has a status hearing Wednesday.

A 17-year-old girl in the home at the time also was charged with possession of a controlled substance. She was released to family. Her name was not released.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are pending, the release said.

Black, 37, formerly of Chicago, was paroled almost 2 years ago, in February 2016, from Pinckneyville Correctional Center, where he was serving 20 years on two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, his aggravated battery sentence was set to be discharged on Feb. 1.

Black also was charged in Whiteside County on Aug. 14 with resisting an officer, a misdemeanor. According to the complaint, he began “tensing his arms up and pulling away” from the officer who was handcuffing him. There is no explanation in the complaint for why he was being cuffed.

He has requested a jury trial in that case; it is set to begin Feb. 12 in Morrison. He also pleaded guilty to speeding on Aug. 24.

He’s also faced a flurry of traffic tickets this year:

He has five pending traffic cases in Lee County Court: a Dec. 11 speeding citation; Nov. 13 citations for speeding, improper lane usage and obstructing the driver’s view; and an Oct. 11 charge for a window violation.

He also pleaded guilty to speeding in Bureau County in May, and paid the $500 fine on Dec. 18.

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