Two Pekin men face serious drug charges because they picked the wrong time to fight each other in an East Peoria motel this week.

The scuffle Monday between Thomas Cox, 24, and Tristan Bass, 22, drew the attention of police officers who were conducting a routine check at Motel 6 for guests with outstanding arrest warrants.

In their room, the officers found quantities of cocaine, meth, synthetic drugs, and empty packets of the latter, along with two scales and glass pipes, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.

Both were charged in court Wednesday with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, punishable by four to 15 years in prison.

The men compounded their problem in their actions toward the first officer who found them. 

Bass struggled as the officer pulled him away from Cox to break up their fight, the affidavit stated. Cox clenched his fists, yelled, “Get off my brother!” and approached the officer, who shot him with electrified Taser darts, the affidavit stated.

That produced a felony charge of aggravated assault against Cox and resisting a police officer, a misdemeanor, against Bass. 

In the “protective sweep” they conducted of the men’s room, officers found “a large chunk” of cocaine and more in a bag “in plain view,” the affidavit stated.

They also found an amount of meth in crystal form and more than five grams of the drug in powder form in an eyeglass case, along with baggies typically used in drug sales. Cocaine also was found on Cox, and synthetic drugs on Bass, the affidavit stated.

Cox, who has previous convictions for aggravated battery to a pregnant person and theft, remained in custody Friday on $30,000 bond. He and Bass, held on $25,000 bond, are next due in court on Oct. 5

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