Jury Convicts Cahokia Man Of Possessing Cocaine With Intent To Distribute

(EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) — Antwon Jenkins, 27, of Cahokia, Illinois, was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute following a two day trial held in federal district court, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced Thursday.
Evidence showed that in late 2011 through early 2012, Jenkins had been in contact with another cocaine distributor and met with that cocaine distributor on January 28, 2012. Surveillance teams observed Jenkins leave the meeting, and an Illinois State Police trooper subsequently stopped Jenkins’ vehicle. A resulting search revealed Jenkins to be in possession of 81.5 grams of cocaine. Jenkins faces up to twenty years in prison for this offense. Sentencing is scheduled for July 17, 2015. Jenkins had previously been convicted in 2014 by a federal jury for kidnapping and using or carrying a firearm during or in relation to the kidnapping. Jenkins was sentenced to a total of 308 months on that offense. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Reppert and Special Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Drucker.