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Madison Man Pleads Guilty for His Part in Crack Cocaine Conspiracy

January 5, 2012

On January 4, 2012, Desi Poindexter, a fifty year old, Madison, IL, man pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, in the form commonly known as crack cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The sentencing hearing is set for April 13, 2012, in East St. Louis, IL. At that time, Poindexter will face penalties of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $4 million; a mandatory minimum of 5 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

Poindexter admitted that between 2008, and 2010, he assisted a co-defendant’s cocaine base operation in Madison, Illinois, by distributing quantities of cocaine base to various customers, collecting drug proceeds, and storing cocaine base and drug proceeds at his place of residence. In total, Poindexter assisted his co-defendant with the distribution of at least 650 grams of cocaine base between 2008 and 2010.

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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