Collinsville Man Pleads Guilty for His Part in Cocaine Conspiracy
On March 15, 2012, Garry Webster, a thirty-one year old Collinsville, IL man pled guilty to an Information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The sentencing hearing is set for June 18, 2012, in East St. Louis, IL. At that time, Webster 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.
Between 2009 and 2010, Webster purchased at least five kilograms of cocaine from suppliers based out of Oakland, California and Memphis, Tennessee. Upon procuring cocaine from his sources, Webster sold the cocaine to various customers in and around Madison County, Illinois. The Webster agreed to “front” portions of this cocaine to co-defendants, meaning that Webster regularly distributed cocaine to them with the agreement that payment would be made at a later time.
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.