CHICAGO MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HEROIN OFFENSE
On September 28, 2011, Antwon Lasean Brooks, 32, of Chicago, Illinois, entered a plea of guilty in federal district court in East St. Louis to an Indictment charging him with Possession with the Intent to Distribute 100 grams or more of Heroin, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Sentencing is currently scheduled for January 23, 2012, at which time Brooks faces a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment and a maximum sentence of forty years in prison, a $5,000,000 fine, at least four years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
According to the Stipulation of Facts filed with the Court at the time of the plea, on June 28, 2011, the Collinsville Police Department conducted a traffic stop at approximately mile marker 11 of Interstate 55/70 in the Southern District of Illinois. Brooks was the driver of the vehicle at the time it was stopped. Brooks advised that the car was a rental and provided the officer with a copy of the rental agreement, which showed that Brooks was not an authorized driver. The arresting officer called a representative of the leasing company and was advised that Brooks was not an authorized driver of the rental vehicle and that the vehicle was a day late being returned. A records check also showed that the Brooks’ license was suspended.
Because of this, Brooks was arrested for driving on a suspended license and placed in the rear seat of the officer’s squad car. The vehicle which had been driven by Brooks was then searched prior to its removal from the side of the interstate. During the search, a plastic bag containing approximately four ounces of heroin was found in the pocket of a pair of shorts, in a bag, in the trunk.
Brooks was taken to the Collinsville Police Department where he was advised of his Miranda rights and interviewed by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who had been contacted by the Collinsville Police Department. Brooks made a videotaped statement in which he acknowledged obtaining the heroin from an unidentified man in Chicago, telling agents that he intended to bring the drugs to St. Louis to sell and make a little money.
Evidence supporting the indictment was obtained in an investigation by the DEA and the Collinsville (IL) Police Department. The case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey.