Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
On December 8, 2011, Deontri Wiley, a twenty-four year old Brooklyn, IL, man pled guilty in federal district court in East St. Louis to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. A sentencing hearing is set for March 23, 2012. At that time, Wiley will face penalties of 5 to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $2 million; mandatory minimum of 4 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
Wiley admitted that between 2008, and September, 2010, he purchased at least 19 ounces of cocaine hydrochloride from a co-conspirator. On at least three occasions during this time period, the cocaine provided to Wiley, was “fronted,” meaning that Wiley received cocaine from the coconspirator with payment to be made at a later time. Between September, 2009, and September, 2010, Wiley distributed at least 4 kilograms of cocaine in total to a co-defendant. A portion of the cocaine that Wiley provided to the co-defendant was typically “fronted,” meaning that the codefendant received cocaine from Wiley with the expectation of payment at a later time.
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.