Chicago Man Sentenced for Heroin Offense
On January 23, 2012, Antwon Lasean Brooks, 32, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis for Possession with the Intent to Distribute 100 grams or more of Heroin, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Brooks had previously pled guilty on September 28, 2011. Brooks was sentenced to 60 months in the Bureau of Prisons, to be followed by four years of supervised release. In addition, Brooks was ordered to pay a fine of $300 and a special assessment of $100.
According to the Stipulation of Facts filed with the Court at the time of the plea, the Collinsville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on June 28, 2011, at approximately mile marker 11 of Interstate 55/70 in the Southern District of Illinois. Brooks was the driver of the vehicle at the time it was stopped. Brooks advised that the car was a rental and provided the officer with a copy of the rental agreement, which showed that Brooks was not an authorized driver. The arresting officer called a representative of the leasing company and was advised that (1) Brooks was not an authorized driver of the rental vehicle; and (2) the vehicle was a day late being returned. A records check also showed that Brooks’ license was suspended.
Brooks was then arrested for driving on a suspended license and placed in the rear seat of the officer’s squad car. The vehicle, which had been driven by Brooks, was then searched prior to its removal from the side of the interstate. During the search, a plastic bag containing approximately four ounces of heroin was found in the pocket of a pair of shorts in a bag in the trunk of the vehicle.
Brooks was transported to the Collinsville Police Department following his arrest. Shortly after his arrival, he was advised of his Miranda rights and interviewed by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who had been contacted by the Collinsville Police Department. Brooks made a videotaped statement, in which he acknowledged obtaining the heroin from an unidentified man in Chicago, which he intended to bring to St. Louis to sell and make a little money.
Evidence supporting the indictment was obtained in an investigation by the DEA and the Collinsville (IL) Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey.