Freeport man sentenced 15 years after 2018 cocaine bust

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Freeport man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to drug trafficking.

According to a plea agreement, Frank Howard, 36, admitted he drove to Chicago from Freeport to pick up cocaine that he intended to sell to customers in Freeport.

Howard was stopped by police on April 26, 2018 on I-90 near Rockford. With assistance from a K-9 unit, police recovered 126 grams of cocaine from Howard's car.

Per the plea, Howard also admitted he sold cocaine four times to a person who, unbeknownst to him, was a confidential informant working with law enforcement.

Howard pleaded guilty to a federal drug trafficking charge on Dec. 18, 2018.