Collinsville Man Sentenced for Cocaine Offenses
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Joshua Martin, 25, of Collinsville was sentenced today in United States District Court in East St. Louis, to 262 months in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base, and for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base.
Martin had pled guilty to the charge on May 25, 2011.
According to documents produced at the time he entered his guilty plea, Martin admitted to purchasing at least 7 kilograms of cocaine base, in the form commonly referred to as “crack” cocaine, for the purpose of reselling to customers for profit.
“This is, without a doubt, a long, but well-deserved sentence for a person selling poison in our communities,” said United States Attorney Wigginton. “I hope that such sentences will act as deterrents to others who might like to try dealing in drugs.”
In addition to the 262 month sentence, Martin was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release, a fine of $200 and a special assessment of $200.
The investigation which resulted in Martin’s conviction was conducted by 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.