Drug dealer gets maximum prison sentence

Drug dealer gets maximum prison sentence

URBANA — A Schaumburg man who admitted having heroin to sell has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Judge Tom Difanis on Wednesday sentenced Anthony C. Buchanan, 41, for having the drug in a car on Interstate 57 on Sept. 6.

Buchanan had initially been charged last September with a Class X felony for having about 10 ounces of heroin in the fuel tank lid of his car, which had been stopped about 11:30 a.m. that day for a traffic violation.

Buchanan pleaded guilty in March to a reduced Class 1 felony alleging he had a smaller amount of heroin.

His attorney, Mark Lipton of Champaign, had a state trooper from the Chicago area testify Wednesday that Buchanan had been helpful to police in that area in recovering stolen cars.

Difanis was unmoved by the mitigation and sentenced Buchanan to the maximum number of years as well as a $40,000 fine.

Buchanan had a prior conviction in federal court in 1997 for criminal drug conspiracy for which he served time in prison.

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