A Chicago man was sentenced to eight years in prison this week, 15 months after he was caught driving in Tazewell County with a load of cocaine.
Mosell Gordon, 26, will serve that term in addition to four years he received in Peoria County last April on another drug delivery crime he committed while free on bond in his Tazewell case.
Gordon quickly produced the $8,000 in cash needed for that bond after his arrest in March 2016, when he was found carrying $1,046 in cash in addition to 63 grams of cocaine.
He ran from and then fought the Illinois State Police trooper who stopped his car for traffic violations on Interstate 74 near Morton as the vehicle approached Peoria.
After the trooper stopped the vehicle, he learned it was listed as stolen and arrested Gordon, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.
Gordon tensed his muscles and resisted as the trooper tried to handcuff him. He then ran, launching a chase that took the two across both sides of the highway. As he fled, Gordon tossed away a bag that contained the cocaine.
He fought when the trooper caught up with him and broke away again, but the trooper chased him down and finally managed to handcuff him.
Gordon’s passenger, Morgan Bender, 26, also of Chicago, drove away during that episode but was caught by another police officer, who found multiple cellphones and two identification cards in the car. Bender was later sentenced to two years of probation for obstructing justice.
Gordon was one of two Chicago men arrested within four months of each other for allegedly carrying drugs from that city into the Peoria area.
Markquez Porter, 35, failed to appear for his court dates after he posted $6,000 in cash bond following his November 2015 arrest on I-74 for possessing 17 grams of heroin and two pounds of marijuana.
In April 2016, however, he began serving a two-year prison term imposed in Cook County for escape, followed by a three-year sentence for theft imposed last January. He is next due in court on his Tazewell case on Sept. 14.
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