Wade Bonk, of Pekin, returned this week to a familiar setting, behind bars, this time on a meth-related charge.

Bonk, 38, has built one of the longest criminal records for a local resident largely through violence. He’s been sentenced to more than 28 years in prison on nine felony cases over the past two decades.

His 10th, a charge of possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver, marks his first involving drugs in Tazewell County court records.

When a city police officer stopped him Tuesday for driving with a revoked license, Bonk admitted he had drugs on him, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated. Officers found a baggie in one pocket that contained a crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

In another pocket they found a bag that had 17 other small baggies filled with suspected meth, the affidavit stated. Bonk said he was driving to deliver the suspected drugs to a person on Derby Street.

He was ordered held on $20,000 bond pending his next court appearance Jan. 5 on the meth charge, punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Among Bonk’s previous convictions was one for aggravated unlawful restraint and a hate crime for punching an African-American man in a tavern. He also was questioned in connection with two murders but was not charged. 

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