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CAHOKIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSION OF CRACK COCAINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2011

On July 15, 2011, Raymond Woods, a forty-seven year old Cahokia, Ill..- man, pled guilty to one count of possessing in excess of 5 grams of crack cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Sentencing is set for November 18, 2011, in East St. Louis, Illinois. At sentencing, Woods faces penalties of 5 to 20 years’ imprisonment; a fine not to exceed $1,000, and a $100 special assessment.

On June 9, 2010, a traffic stop was executed on a vehicle driven by Woods for expired insurance in Madison, Illinois. Following this traffic stop, the Defendant produced a valid driver’s license, but an expired insurance card to a police officer. The Defendant was then arrested and placed in a patrol car. Thereafter, the arresting officer conducted an inventory search of Woods’ vehicle, prior to having it towed. As the arresting officer looked into the vehicle to begin his inventory search, he noticed a plastic bag protruding from between the driver’s side seat and the center console. When the arresting officer retrieved the bag and examined its contents, he concluded that the substance inside the vehicle resembled crack cocaine. Thereafter, the substance recovered from Woods’ vehicle was laboratory tested by DEA and determined to be approximately 6 grams of crack.

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.

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.

 

 

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