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

Friday, June 19, 2015

St. Louis Resident Charged For Selling Crack

A St. Louis, Missouri, man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, for distribution of a controlled substance, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

Eric J. Simpson was charged with one count of selling crack cocaine on March 12, 2015. Simpson faces up to a maximum of 20 years in federal prison if convicted. However, the United States Sentencing Guidelines must be applied to the case and considered by the Court during sentencing.

The investigation is being conducted by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF). The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

Updated June 19, 2015