Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Use of Cell Phone in Aid of Controlled Substance Offense
A Missouri man pled guilty on August 24, 2012, in District Court in East St. Louis, IL, on one count of using a telephone to facilitate the commission of an offense, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Demond Tart, 35, a Missouri resident, faces a term of imprisonment of not more than four (4) years, a fine of $250,000, a term of supervised release of one (1) year, and a special assessment of $100 when he is sentenced, currently scheduled for December 3, 2012. Tart admitted that on June 7, 2010, he knowingly and intentionally used a telephone to contact a member of a drug trafficking conspiracy to arrange for the purchase of cocaine hydrochloride, which he intended to sell thereafter. The act occurred in Madison County, Illinois.
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.