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Pontoon Beach Man Sentenced to Over 21 Years in Prison

January 30, 2012

Justin Wiley, from Pontoon Beach, IL, was sentenced on January 30, 2012, in District Court in East St. Louis, IL, on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and one count of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from a specified unlawful activity, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Justin Wiley, 29, was sentenced to 262 months in prison, 5 years of supervised release, was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment. Wiley, who had previously pled guilty, admitted that between 2006 and 2010, he had purchased cocaine from a supplier in Texas and distributed in excess of 50 kilograms of cocaine to various customers in and around Madison County, Illinois. Wiley also admitted that on or about May 28, 2010, he engaged in a monetary transaction by, through, or to a financial institution, affecting interstate or foreign commerce, in criminally derived property of a value greater than $10,000 by purchasing a 2007 Cadillac Escalade for $33,000 from a car dealership located in the Eastern District of Missouri, with the proceeds having been derived from the sale of cocaine in 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 assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.












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