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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Friday, March 7, 2014

East St. Louis Man Convicted Of Selling Crack Cocaine

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that on Thursday, March 6, 2014, a federal jury found Frederick C. Addison guilty of two felonies relating to the sale of crack cocaine.

Addison, 32, of East St. Louis, was convicted following a three day jury trial in United States District Court in East St. Louis, IL. The jury found Addison guilty of distributing crack cocaine and possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it.

According to evidence presented at his trial, Addison sold crack from a house in the 800 block of North 32nd Street in East St. Louis throughout the entire day on April 3, 2012. Police officers surreptitiously filmed Addison selling crack cocaine to multiple customers. When Addison and another man were arrested, police recovered approximately 17 grams of crack cocaine from an abandoned house where Addison and his associate had hidden it. The crack had a street value of about $12,000, according to police experts who testified at trial.

Addison is scheduled to be sentenced on June 27, 2014, in United States District Court in East St. Louis. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Addison has been confined since his arrest on April 3, 2012.

The investigation which resulted in Addison’s arrest and conviction was conducted by police officers assigned to the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI). 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. 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.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Neal C. Hong and Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.

Updated February 19, 2015