CENTREVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CRACK COCAINE CHARGE
On June 14, 2011, Ronald L. Tolliver, 41, of Centreville, Ill.-, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of Possession with the Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Tolliver also agreed to forfeit $5,029.00 to the United States. Tolliver is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:00 a.m. on September 26, 2011, at which time he faces a minimum term of five years imprisonment to a maximum sentence of forty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000, and at least four years of supervised release.
The case resulted from the efforts of the WAVE (Working Against Violent Elements) Task Force, which focuses its efforts on combating violent crime in East St. Louis, Washington Park, and surrounding communities. WAVE was formed in November 2009, and is a collaboration of law enforcement officers from the Illinois State Police, the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI), the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, the East St. Louis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the United States Marshals Service. The WAVE Task Force receives financial support through the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, a nationwide federal program which endeavors to address gun-related violence. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also participated in the investigation. This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey.