East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Crack Cocaine Offense
Anthony Montez Taylor, 44, of East St. Louis, Illinois, entered a plea of guilty to a single count Indictment which had charged him with Possession With the Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Sentencing is currently scheduled for March 1, 2013, at which time Taylor faces a minimum sentence of five years to a maximum sentence of forty years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000,000, at least four years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
Information contained in the Stipulation of Facts, which was filed at the time of the plea shows that on March 5, 2012, officers of the Fairmont City Police Department, conducted a business check at the First Western Inn in Fairmont City, Illinois. Officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room occupied by Taylor and investigated. During a subsequent search of the room, officers located 42.8 grams of crack cocaine, which Taylor admitted belonged to him.
Evidence in support of the indictment was obtained in an investigation by the Fairmont City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey.