NIGERIAN NATIONAL RECEIVES 151 MONTH SENTENCE FOLLOWING UNSUCCESSFUL EFFORT TO ESTABLISH CRACK COCAINE TRADE IN HERRIN, ILLINOIS
A Nigerian national who had overstayed a student visa, convicted on crack cocaine and cocaine trafficking charges, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison on April 4, 2011, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Adebisi Tafike Adigun, 26, of Chicago, Illinois, received a 151 month sentence following his conviction for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Following service of his sentence, Adigun faces deportation to Nigeria. Adigun pleaded guilty to the charges on October 19, 2010, just prior to jury selection. He has been in custody since his arrest by the Illinois State Police on April 7, 2010.
Evidence adduced at the sentencing hearing revealed that, from the approximate time period of January, 2010, to April 7, 2010, Adigun obtained powder cocaine from sources of supply in Chicago, Illinois, and brought it to Herrin, Illinois, where much of it was cooked into crack cocaine and sold to local addicts. The Herrin Police Department arrested Adigun on March 16, 2010, interrupting a crack cocaine deal. Later, on April 7, 2010, the Illinois State Police stopped a vehicle driven by Adigun for a traffic violation. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed four ounces of crack cocaine. Adigun received sentencing enhancements for possession of firearms during the conspiracy and for obstruction of justice in connection with his perjurious testimony during a suppression hearing and his effort to bribe a Herrin Police Officer during the March 16th arrest. The officer promptly reported and documented the attempt.
“Enterprising thugs from Chicago who think they can establish successful drug dealing enterprises in our small towns have suffered, and will suffer, the same fate as Adibisi Adigun. Drug dealers from the big city underestimate the determination of our local police departments, and the degree to which they collaborate and pool resources to eliminate the scourge of illegal narcotics from our communities,” U. S. Attorney Wigginton said.
The case was investigated by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE); the Illinois State Police; the Herrin Police Department; the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department; and the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Suzanne M. Garrison and Amanda R. Robertson.