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14 years in prison for man found with almost a pound of cocaine on I-90 in McHenry County

Michael Briley, 54, of Mankato, Minnesota.

A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after police caught him with almost a pound of cocaine during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in McHenry County.

McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said that Michael Briley, 54, of Mankato, Minnesota, was sentenced to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Judge Michael Coppedge.

Briley pleaded guilty to possession of 400-900 grams of cocaine, which is a Class 1 felony, and in exchange prosecutors dropped the manufacturing/delivery of cocaine charge against him.

An Illinois State Police Trooper stopped a car, in which Briley was a passenger, on Interstate 90 on August 31, 2017. Briley was traveling from Chicago to Minnesota with around 430 grams, or just under one pound, of cocaine in his possession.

Briley also has to pay a fine of over $5,000 and could be released from prison earlier for good behavior, according to court records and state law.

The case was investigated by members of the Illinois State Police and prosecuted by Brian Miller of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.


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