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Rock Island Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Distribution and Firearms Possession

Desiree Haros
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Davenport, IA – September 19, 2023 - Jaylyn Devell McGhee, a 27-year-old resident of Rock Island, Illinois, has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for his involvement in drug distribution and illegal firearms possession. This sentence comes as a result of a series of events that unfolded in July 2021, when McGhee brought his son to the emergency room in Davenport, Iowa, after the child sustained a gunshot wound.

The incident caught the attention of law enforcement, leading to a subsequent investigation that unveiled a web of criminal activity. Court documents reveal that officers responding to the gunshot wound discovered heroin and fentanyl strewn across the street near McGhee's vehicle at the time of the shooting. This discovery prompted the issuance of a search warrant for McGhee's residence, as officers followed a blood trail leading to his home.

Upon entering McGhee's residence, law enforcement made a significant seizure. In the kitchen, they found substantial quantities of cocaine base and a substance containing heroin and fentanyl, suggesting an ongoing drug distribution operation. Even more troubling, inside a bedroom closet, officers uncovered two loaded firearms. It was determined that McGhee, a previously convicted felon, was in violation of federal law by possessing firearms and ammunition.

As a result of his actions, McGhee has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, with an additional three years of supervised release to follow his term of imprisonment. It is essential to note that there is no parole in the federal system, making the full sentence of incarceration mandatory.


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