Illinois Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Drug and Firearm Offenses
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Todd C. Smith, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Chicago Division, and U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Harris of the Central District of Illinois announced that Atoris Jaquez Slater, 28, of Rock Island, Illinois, was sentenced to an aggregate 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”) and tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”); possession of a firearm as a felon; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime. The sentence consists of concurrent 60-month terms of imprisonment for the drug trafficking and possession of a firearm as a felon convictions, to be followed by a consecutive 60 months for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime conviction.
Slater entered a plea of guilty in July 2021. Slater faced the following statutory penalties: 1) for possession with intent to distribute a detectable amount of crack and THC: up to 20 years in prison; 2) for possession of a firearm as a felon: not more than 10 years in prison, and; 3) for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime: five years to life in prison.
The Rock Island Police Department; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and DEA investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Mathew represented the government in the prosecution.