GRANITE CITY MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 20 YEARS FOR PART IN DRUG CONSPIRACY
Robert Sharp from Granite City, IL, was sentenced on September 16, 2011, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, IL, on a one-count Indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Robert Sharp, 33, was sentenced to 262 months’ imprisonment, 8 years’ supervised release, was fined $300, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. Sharp, who had previously pled guilty to the one-count indictment, admitted that he had become a member of the conspiracy, that he would purchase approximately 5 grams of crack per week from a co-defendant and then sell the crack for a profit. The amount of crack related to Sharp during the time frame of the conspiracy (April through September 2010) was at least 120 grams. The conspiracy took place in Madison County, IL.
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. 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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.