An Alton man was sentenced Tuesday to six years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and obstruction of justice (for concealing a firearm).
In a release Wednesday, Acting U.S. Attorney James L. Porter said George W. Holliday Sr., 46, pleaded guilty to the three federal charges on Nov. 5, 2015. He has been continuously confined since his arrest March 23, 2015.
According to evidence introduced at Holliday’s change of plea hearing last November, Holliday and two other men were traveling together to sell methamphetamine to a woman in Pocahontas on Nov. 22, 2014. The car Holliday was driving was stopped by Glen Carbon police for a traffic offense. While police were approaching his car, Holliday instructed the other two men to hide a handgun. Police recovered a small quantity of methamphetamine from the car, and also seized a soda bottle in which the men had been cooking meth.
Co-defendant James E. Bailey Jr. also pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in 2015, and he was sentenced to a term of 15 months in January. The third man in the car with Holliday pleaded guilty to state drug charges.
This investigation was conducted by the Glen Carbon Police Department, the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI) and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. The case was assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Garrison.