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Missouri Man Sentenced for Using Cell Phone in Aid of Controlled Substance Offense

December 4, 2012

Demond Tart, 35, of Missouri, was sentenced on December 3, 2012, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, IL, on one count of Using a Telephone to Facilitate the Commission of an Offense (the Distribution and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine), the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Tart was sentenced to 27 months in prison, one year supervised release, fined $300 and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. 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. The act occurred in Madison County, which is within the Southern District of 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.















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