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Chester man arrested on drug charges

By Staff Report
Posted on 2/16/2017, 3:46 PM

A 26-year-old Chester man, Daniel M. Dortch, was arrested on drug charges on February 15, following an Illinois Department of Corrections parole compliance check at his home.

According to a news release from the Chester Police Department, a parole agent with IDOC, who was conducting the compliance check, discovered illegal drugs at the residence.

Chester police officers then executed a search warrant for a more thorough and detailed search of the property.

Police seized methamphetamine, cannabis, and hypodermic syringes, along with scales, baggies and other items of suspected drug paraphernalia.

Dortch was then placed under arrest for unlawful possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

In October 2013, Chester police arrested Dortch as the result of a covert drug investigation, resulting in a conviction for those offenses. Dortch received six years in prison for the crimes, but was released on parole in September 2016.

Dortch is currently incarcerated at the Randolph County Jail awaiting bond to be set.