Brooklyn Man Sentenced For Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
Deontri Wiley, of Brooklyn, IL, was sentenced on March 16, 2012, in United States District Court, East St. Louis, on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Deontri Wiley, 24, was sentenced to 57 months in prison, 4 years of supervised release, was fined $100 and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. Wiley, who had previously pled guilty admitted that between 2008 and September 2010, he purchased at least 19 ounces of cocaine hydrochloride from a co-conspirator. On at least three occasions during this time period, the cocaine provided to Wiley was “fronted,” meaning that Wiley received cocaine from the co-conspirator with payment to be made at a later time. Between September 2009 and September 2010, Wiley distributed at least 4 kilograms of cocaine in total to a co-defendant. A portion of the cocaine that Wiley provided to the co-defendant was typically “fronted,” meaning that the co-defendant received cocaine from Wiley with the expectation of payment at a later time. Wiley admitted that the conspiracy took place 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 prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.