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Rockford man sentenced on federal drug, firearms charges

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A 30-year-old Rockford man has been sentenced to a total of 390 months in federal prison without parole for drug and firearms charges.

Alex Alexander was arrested in February 2012 after a traffic stop. According to police, Alexander, a convicted felon, was found to be in possession of marijuana in baggies, drug trafficking paraphernalia, and a loaded handgun.

Alexander was found guilty after a three-day jury trial in May. He was sentenced by Judge Frederick Kapala, who found him to be a "career offender" and an "armed career criminal," which resulted in a higher sentence.

He was sentenced to 120 months for possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute, 200 months for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and 70 months for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. He must also serve five years of supervised release.

Alexander was initially charged under state law, but his case was transferred to federal court where he was tried under the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

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