BELLEVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CRACK COCAINE CHARGE
On September 12, 2011, Abdu Newby, a twenty-eight year old Belleville, IL, man pled guilty in federal district court to a one-count Indictment charging possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of crack cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Sentencing is set for December 19, 2011 in East St. Louis, IL. At the time of sentencing, Newby will face potential penalties of 5 to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $2 million, at least 4 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
Facts made known in open court included that Newby was stopped by Caseyville, IL, police officers for a traffic offense on May 5, 2010. A search of the vehicle located among other items, two plastic baggies containing crack cocaine. Newby admitted that he had purchased the crack with the intent to sell it for profit.
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 and the assistance of the Caseyville, IL Police Department. 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.