EAST ST. LOUIS — An Alton man was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in federal prison Friday for distribution of cocaine.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Demarcus O. Johnson, 30, Johnson pleaded guilty Aug. 13, 2014, when he admitted selling cocaine to a police informant in Alton on Sept. 23, 2013.
At Johnson’s sentence hearing, Judge Michael J. Reagan said Johnson was a “career offender” under applicable federal sentencing guidelines because Johnson had prior felony convictions for drug trafficking and aggravated fleeing from police.
“Your sentence is being determined in large part by your extensive criminal history,” Reagan said.
The investigation which resulted in Johnson’s arrest and conviction was conducted by the Alton Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Garrison.