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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Two East St. Louis Men Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine


Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Jason Hampton, 41, and Arthur Carter, 40, both of East St. Louis, were sentenced on February 16, 2018 for their roles in a cocaine distribution operation. Hampton was sentenced to 141 months of imprisonment, and Carter to 87 months. Both men pled guilty to the federal conspiracy charge in September, 2017. Hampton also pled guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

At their change of plea hearings last September, both Hampton and Carter admitted receiving multiple kilogram quantities of cocaine from a Texas distributor, for re-sale in the St. Louis Metro-East. Three other co-defendants will be sentenced in March.

The investigation which resulted in the arrest and conviction of Hampton and Carter was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 20, 2018