Chicago/Suburbs

Bellwood Man Found Guilty On Federal Gun And Drug Charges

by T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

November 18, 2021

BELLWOOD, IL — A federal jury found a 42-year-old man guilty of illegally possessing two loaded handguns and dealing heroin and crack cocaine.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, Brian Stafford of Bellwood sold 101 grams of heroin to a law enforcement informant in November 2016.  Police had discovered drugs and guns in his vehicle and residence in the west suburbs the day before.

He was convicted on one count of possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to distribute, one count of illegal possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon, and one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of drug-trafficking activities.

Stafford faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in federal prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison for each conviction.