One of two Pekin men whose motel room held a variety of drugs was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.

Police might not have found the meth, cocaine and other items in the Motel 6 room in East Peoria last Sept. 6 if an officer on a routine check there hadn’t encountered Thomas Cox and Tristan Bass fighting in the hallway.

Cox, 24, was sentenced when he pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver, punishable by four to 15 years in prison. Bass, 22, remains free on $25,000 pending his next court appearance on Jan. 5 in the case.

An officer was at the motel to check for guests with outstanding warrants when he heard a scream in a hallway and found Cox and Bass fighting, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.

Bass struggled as the officer pulled him away from Cox to break up the fight. Cox clenched his fists, told the officer to “get off” of Bass and approached him, prompting the officer to shoot him with electrified Taser darts as a second officer arrived, the affidavit stated.

In the men’s room the officers found “a large chunk” of cocaine and more in a bag “in plain view,” the affidavit stated. They also found more than five grams of meth in its powder form in an eyeglass case, along with baggies typically used in drug sales. Cocaine also was found on Cox, and synthetic drugs were found on Bass. The room also contained two scales, glass pipes and empty packets of synthetic drugs.

A felony charge of aggravated assault against Cox was dismissed in his plea agreement. He has previous convictions for aggravated battery to a pregnant person and theft.

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