ROCKFORD — A Poplar Grove, Ill. resident was indicted yesterday in federal court in Rockford on a charge of distributing 448 grams of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon, Boone County Sheriff David Ernest, and Belvidere Police Chief Jan Noble.
According to the indictment, ARMAN M. DINO, 45, distributed the methamphetamine on May 19, 2016, in Poplar Grove. A criminal complaint filed on May 19, 2016, stated that Dino sold the drugs at his residence in Candlewick Lake to an individual who was cooperating with the government. After that sale, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant on Dino’s residence. According to the complaint, additional methamphetamine, the original $10,000 in “buy money,” and more currency were found inside the residence. According to the complaint, Dino was arrested that same day.
Dino appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnston on May 23, 2016, in Rockford, and was ordered detained pending trial. His arraignment on the indictment is set for May 26, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. before Magistrate Judge Johnston. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
The multi-jurisdictional investigation was conducted by the Belvidere/Boone County Metro Narcotics Unit, along with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration and Rockford Police Department Detectives. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph C. Pedersen and John G. McKenzie are prosecuting the case.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.