PONTOON BEACH MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COCAINE DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY
On July 20, 2011, Justin Wiley, a twenty-eight year old Pontoon Beach, IL, man pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, and one count of purchasing personal property with more than $10,000 derived from the sale of narcotics, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Sentencing is set for November 7, 2011, in East St. Louis, at which time Wiley will face penalties of 10 years’ to life imprisonment; a fine of up to $4 million, a mandatory minimum of 4 years’ supervised release, and a $200 special assessment.
Facts at the guilty plea revealed that between 2006 and 2010, Wiley purchased kilogram quantities of cocaine from Texas. He paid co-defendants to transport the cocaine to Illinois where he would distribute it to various customers. In May, 2010, Wiley used more than $10,000 in proceeds derived from drug sales to purchase a personal vehicle.
The investigation which resulted in Wiley’s conviction was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The Drug Enforcement Administration led the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.