ST. LOUIS MAN SENTENCED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES OFFENSE
On September 26, 2011, Ronald L. Tolliver, 42, of St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, following his conviction 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 was sentenced to 37 months in the Bureau of Prisons, followed by three years of supervised release. He was fined $200 and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100. In addition, the Court ordered that he forfeit a total of $5,029 United States currency, which was seized from him at the time of his arrest and represented the proceeds of drug sales.
According to the stipulation of facts which was filed with the Court when Tolliver entered his guilty plea on June 14, 2011, on October 19, 2010, law enforcement agents targeting open air drug sales and violent crime pulled into the parking lot of the bar in Centreville, Illinois, to speak to numerous people congregated in the parking lot. Tolliver was observed to quickly retreat into the bar when he observed the police. Tolliver gave permission for a pat down, and two plastic bags, one containing approximately 7 grams of crack cocaine and the other approximately 7 grams of cocaine, were found in one pocket and an additional quantity of crack cocaine was found in another pocket. Approximately two ounces of cocaine was located in a trash can near where Tolliver was standing. United States currency in the amount of $3,099 was found in the Tolliver’s pants pocket, while an additional $1,930 was later located in the glove box of his vehicle. The total amount of $5,029 represented proceeds of cocaine sales. Tolliver was transported to the Illinois State Police headquarters and interviewed. Tolliver gave a video-taped statement in which he admitted that he had thrown away the two ounces that were recovered from the trash can; that he had gotten five ounces earlier in the day and had sold the amounts that were not recovered.
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 was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey for prosecution.