CHICAGO – A Cook County man was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison for illegally possessing a loaded handgun and narcotics in west suburban Bellwood.
Quincy J. Arnold, 49, pleaded guilty last year to federal firearm and drug charges after officers discovered a semiautomatic handgun and baggies of cocaine and heroin in his vehicle during a traffic stop in October.
Bellwood police officers pulled Arnold’s vehicle over on Oct. 17 for a traffic violation near a mall parking lot, according to federal prosecutors.
While searching his vehicle, officers found a loaded gun under the floor mat of the driver’s seat, within reaching distance of Arnold, prosecutors said.
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They also discovered more than 360 bags of cocaine and heroin that were packaged for sale.
In a plea agreement, Arnold admitted he intended to distribute the drugs to other people, prosecutors said.
Arnold had previously been convicted of multiple felonies and wasn’t allowed to possess a firearm.