Alton Man Sentenced for Sale of Cocaine
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Arthur G. Widman, II, age 37 of Alton, Illinois, was sentenced in federal court in East St. Louis on January 3, 2012, to 151 months’ imprisonment for distribution of cocaine.
Widman pled guilty on September 23, 2011, to two counts of Distribution of Cocaine, and one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine.
According to evidence presented at his change-of-plea hearing, Widman sold cocaine twice to an undercover police officer at an Alton motel on December 7, 2010. Widman sold a total of 7 grams of powder cocaine for $500.00. Police then obtained a search warrant and recovered an additional 33 grams of cocaine from Widman’s Alton residence.
The court found that Widman was a career offender, and thus was subject to an enhanced penalty. He has been incarcerated since January, 2011.
The investigation which resulted in Widman’s arrest and convection was conducted by the Illinois State Police, the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force, and the Alton Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.