East St. Louis Man Sentenced for Possession with Intent to Distribute "Crack" Cocaine
Cortez L. Wooten, 36, from East St. Louis, IL, was re-sentenced on November 29, 2012, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, IL, on count one for Possession with Intent to Distribute More Than 50 grams Cocaine Base “Crack”, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Wooten was re-sentenced to 360 months in prison, 8 years of supervised release, was fined $200 and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. The re-sentencing stems from a previous jury trial conviction held March 30, 2011, where evidence at trial showed that members of the WAVE Team saw Wooten driving in East St. Louis. The Team knew that Wooten was wanted on a previously issued warrant. Upon stopping Wooten, the WAVE Team discovered in excess of 50 grams of “crack” cocaine, a scale and United States currency indicative of Wooten’s sale of the drug. The re-sentencing was mandated as part of the Fair Sentencing Act. 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, and the United States Marshals Service. The WAVE Task Force received financial support through the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, a nationwide federal program which endeavors to address gun-related violence.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.