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East St. Louis Man Sentenced For Crack Cocaine Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced that Damon L. Pruitt was sentenced today in District Court in East St. Louis to 100 months in prison for selling crack cocaine.

Pruitt, 28, of East St. Louis, Illinois, pled guilty on November 15, 2013, to selling crack cocaine on three separate occasions in East St. Louis during May, 2013. Pruitt has been confined since his arrest on June 26, 2013.

The investigation which resulted in Pruitt’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 Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.

Updated February 19, 2015