Madison Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge
On March 7, 2012, Rickey Salmond, a twenty-five year old Madison, IL, man pled guilty to one count of Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base (Crack), the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Salmond is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on June 15, 2012, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, at which time he faces 5 to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $2,000,000, at least 4 years supervised release and a $100 special assessment.
On July 22, 2010, at the direction of Madison County Police Officers, a confidential informant proceeded to Salmond’s residence and purchased 0.1 grams of cocaine base in the form of crack cocaine from Salmond in exchange for $10. As a result of these actions, Madison County Police officers obtained and executed a search warrant later that day at Salmond’s residence in Madison, Illinois. During the execution of this search, police officers recovered crack cocaine from a hamper located directly outside of Salmond’s bedroom, the $10 Salmond had received from the confidential informant, as well as $5,200 in the closet of the Salmond’s bedroom.
The following day, Salmond was interviewed by DEA agents and admitted that the crack cocaine recovered from his residence belonged to him and that he had been selling crack cocaine in and around Madison, Illinois, since 2009.
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.