Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Use of Cell Phone in Aid of Controlled Substance Offense
On December 7, 2011, Dominic Parks, a forty-two year old Olivette, MO man pled guilty to one count of using a telephone to facilitate the commission of an offense, to wit: distribution and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The sentencing hearing is set for March 23, 2012 in East St. Louis, IL. At that time, Parks will face penalties of up to 4 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000; not more than 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
Parks admitted that on August 15, 2010, he knowingly and intentionally used a telephone to contact a member of a drug trafficking conspiracy to arrange for the purchase of cocaine hydrochloride, which Parks intended to sell thereafter. The act occurred in Madison County, in the Southern District of Illinois.
The investigation was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), with the Drug Enforcement Administration as the lead agency. The OCDETF initiative is designed to bring federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle large national and international drug trafficking organizations.
This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.