Raymone Stephens and Khalil Rhasad Hood, both of Bloomington, were arrested Friday and charged by criminal complaint with conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in the Twin Cities.
Stephens, 30, and Hood, 23, made their initial appearance in federal court Monday and a judge ordered Stephens to remain in the U.S. Marshals Service’s custody. A detention hearing is scheduled on Thursday for Hood.
A preliminary hearing for both is scheduled on Nov. 16.
The complaint charges the men with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine. If convicted, the offense carries a statutory penalty of five years to 40 years in prison; if a defendant has one or more prior felony drug convictions, the penalty is 10 years to life in prison.
The charges are the result of an ongoing investigation by the Bloomington Police Department’s Vice Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Illinois State Police Tactical Response team, the U.S. Marshals Task Force, and the Bloomington Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team assisted in the arrests and execution of related search warrants.