Granite City Man Sentenced For part in crack cocaine conspiracy
Calvin Gates, 41, from Granite City, IL, was sentenced on May 21, 2012, in District Court
in East St. Louis, IL, on one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to
Distribute 50 grams or more of Crack Cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District
of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Gates was sentenced to 120 months in prison, 5 years of supervised release, fined $300, and
ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. Gates, who had previously pled guilty, admitted that in
2010, he received at least 50 grams of cocaine base, in the form of “crack,” from a co-conspirator.
Gates also admitted that he brought cocaine base customers to his co-conspirator during this time
period, and would generally take a portion of the cocaine base provided to these customers as a
commission for arranging such transactions.
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
This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.