EAST ST. LOUIS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CRACK COCAINE OFFENSE
An East St. Louis man pled guilty on July 7, 2011, to Possession With the Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Ed E. Cosby, Jr., 31, of East St. Louis, IL, whose penalties were increased because of a prior felony drug conviction, faces a term of imprisonment of not less than ten (10) years up to life, a fine of not more than $4 million, or both, and a term of supervised release of at least eight (8) years. Cosby also agreed to forfeit a number of guns he illegally possessed. Sentencing is scheduled for October 21, 2011, in East St. Louis, Illinois.
Facts brought out in Court, which supported the prosecution of the case, showed that on February 27, 2009, MEGSI agents arranged a controlled buy of crack from Cosby using a confidential informant (“CI”). When the CI called Cosby, Cosby told the CI that he had crack cocaine, and that he was at IHOP in O’Fallon. Officers responded to IHOP and arrested Cosby after he exited the restaurant. A search of Cosby’s person yielded over 5 grams of crack cocaine from his rear pants pocket.
That same day, officers went to Cosby’s father’s residence, where Cosby often lived at the time, and received consent to search the residence. Officers recovered five (5) firearms from the Cosby’s bedroom, as well as miscellaneous ammunition, a digital scale, and a plastic container containing baggies.
The case was investigated by the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.