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Granite City Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Offense

February 2, 2012

On February 2, 2012, Derrick Williams, a forty year old Granite City, IL, man pled guilty in federal district court to Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced. Williams is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:00 a.m. on May 14, 2012, at which time he faces a maximum potential sentence of up to ten years’ in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, not more than three years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.

Evidence which supports this case showed that on November 4, 2010, Williams permitted DEA agents to search his residence in Granite City, Illinois. Williams then specified that a firearm was located in a bedroom. When DEA agents arrived in this bedroom, they noticed a small plastic bag with marijuana on the night stand. Williams acknowledged ownership of the marijuana. Williams then informed DEA agents that the firearm was located under the mattress of the bed. A Granite City police officer recovered a black Glock 26 handgun. A magazine inside this handgun was loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition. When asked who sleeps on the side of the bed where this gun was located, Williams acknowledged that he did. Williams admitted that he was a convicted felon and that he knew it was illegal for him to posses the firearm.

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 is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.













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