East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Crack Cocaine
On March 15, 2012, Sean Pierre Jean-Batiste, a twenty-four year old East St. Louis, IL man pled guilty to one count of distribution of crack cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The sentencing hearing is set for June 29, 2012, in East St. Louis, IL. At that time, Jean-Batiste will face penalties of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1 million; a mandatory minimum of 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
On June 9, 2010, Jean-Batiste sold approximately 0.5 grams of cocaine base in the form of crack cocaine to an undercover police officer for $100 in East St. Louis, Illinois.
The case resulted from the efforts of the WAVE (Working Against Violent Elements) Task Force, which focuses its efforts on combating violent crime in East St. Louis, Washington Park, and surrounding communities. WAVE was formed in November, 2009, and is a collaboration of law enforcement officers from the Illinois State Police, the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI), the East St. Louis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The WAVE Task Force receives financial support through the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, a nationwide federal program which endeavors to address gun-related violence.
This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.