EAST ST. LOUIS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COCAINE CONSPIRACY
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on April 15, 2011, Torrey Stewart, 30, of East St. Louis, Ill.-, entered a plea of guilty to an Indictment charging Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, and to Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine.
The violations took place from January, 2009, through March, 2010, in St. Clair County. As part of the plea, Stewart admitted that he took part in a conspiracy involving the transportation of cocaine from Arkansas to St. Clair County and the distribution of cocaine in the Southern District of Illinois. The conspiracy also involved the transportation of money from the Southern District of Illinois to Arkansas. The conspiracy charge carries a statutory penalty of 10 years’ up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4 million and 5 years of supervised release. The possession charge carries a statutory penalty of 5 years’ up to 40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $2 million and 4 years of supervised release. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 25, 2011.
The investigation of the case is being conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The Drug Enforcement Administration is leading the investigation. The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Simonson.