Two men received probation terms this week in unrelated drug-dealing cases at East Peoria hotels that sent their co-defendants to prison.

Tristan Bass, 22, of Pekin, was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation when he pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a police officer.

Bass was given credit for 38 days spent in custody after his arrest. He had no prior felony record in Tazewell County.

Police found more than five grams of meth and material to prepare it for sale in a Motel 6 room Bass shared with Thomas Cox, 24, also of Pekin, last Sept. 6. They also recovered “a large chunk” of cocaine in the room, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.

An officer was drawn to the room during a routine check of the motel when he discovered Bass and Cox fighting in a hallway. Bass struggled with the officer as he separated the fighters.

Cox was sentenced in December to five years in prison on his meth-dealing charge.
He has prior convictions for aggravated battery to a pregnant person and theft.

In the second case, Dominic Wright, 27, of Peoria, was given credit for 335 days in custody before he was sentenced to four years of probation Wednesday with his guilty plea to possessing cocaine with intent to deliver.

With a search warrant, police found 125 grams of powder cocaine, 60 more of crack cocaine and more than $12,500 in cash in joint rooms Wright shared with Charles Watkins at the Par-A-Dice Hotel last March 2.

Watkins, 32, also of Peoria, was sentenced last month to 10 years in prison on the same charge. He had at least three prior drug-related convictions.

Wright will be subject to curfews and electronic bracelet monitoring during his probation.