GRANITE CITY MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR CRACK COCAINE OFFENSE
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Larry D. Young, 41, of Granite City, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for Possession of Crack Cocaine, in an amount in excess of 50 grams, with Intent to Distribute.
Young had pled guilty to the charge on May 13, 2011, and was sentenced on September 2, 2011 in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois.
“As the Court recognized, Mr. Young was not a simple addict, or user, or possessor of drugs, but a determined distributor of this poison to citizens in Southern Illinois. As such, similar drug dealers are warned: sell your illegal substances at your own risk of a lengthy, deserved prison sentence!” said United States Attorney Wigginton.
According to documents produced at the time he entered his guilty plea, Young admitted to possessing 57 grams of crack cocaine at his residence in Granite City on July 13, 2010. When police executed a search warrant at Young’s residence, they seized the 57 grams of crack cocaine, broken down into half gram packages, from Young’s lock box. Young admitted that he had been selling crack cocaine from his residence.
In addition to the 20-year sentence, Young also received a 30-month sentence on an earlier crack cocaine case. Young had been on Supervised Release on his earlier conviction when he was arrested in Granite City on July 13, 2010. The two sentences are to run concurrently.
The investigation which resulted in Young’s conviction was conducted by the Granite City Police Department’s “Nuisance Abatement Team,” and by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.