A Moline man, currently on probation in Iowa on drug charges, is once again facing drug trafficking and weapons charges after Davenport police found crack cocaine and a firearm in his hotel room as well as a firearm hidden in his vehicle.
Michael Terrell Richardson, 36, of 3614 25th St., was taken into custody Tuesday from the La Quinta Inn Davenport & Conference Center, located at 3330 E. Kimberly Road.
According to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police Officer Robert Bytner, Richardson had been staying in room 253 at the hotel since Dec. 15.
During a narcotics investigation, Richardson became a suspect.
During a search of his room at the hotel, officers seized 1.3 grams of packaged crack cocaine, according to Bytner’s affidavit. The crack cocaine was packaged for sale in two dosage units.
Officers also seized a Glock 23 .40-caliber handgun that had been wrapped in a bag. Also in the bag was a large amount of ammunition that included .223- and .40-caliber bullets. In the gun was a 22-round extended magazine.
Officers got a warrant to search a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe that Richardson’s mother allowed him to use. During the search, officers found hidden under the vehicle’s hood a loaded .38-caliber revolver.
Richardson is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
He also is charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of failing to affix an Iowa drug tax stamp. Each of those charges is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years.
Federal authorities could take over the weapons charges under Project Safe Neighborhoods. Instituted in 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods is a Justice Department initiative to reduce gun violence.
It is a federal offense for a felon to be in possession of a firearm. It also is a federal offense to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.
There also is no parole in the federal prison system.
Richardson currently is on probation in Iowa. During a hearing in Clinton County District Court in August 2016, Richardson pleaded guilty to peddling crack cocaine, a Class C felony. He was sentenced to three years on probation.
Authorities with the Iowa Department of Corrections could revoke his probation and he could be sentenced to a prison term of up to 10 years on the Clinton County charge.
Richardson was booked Tuesday into the Scott County Jail. He was released Wednesday after posting a $10,000 cash bond. He also was provided a court-appointed attorney during a hearing Wednesday.
Richardson, through his attorney, has requested a preliminary hearing in the case. The date of that hearing has not been set, according to Scott County District Court electronic records.