EAST ST. LOUIS — Kareem Pollard, 28, of Granite City, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to three years in prison for two counts of unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said.
Pollard will also be on federal supervised release for two years following his term of imprisonment. Pollard has been in custody since his arrest March 26.
Court documents establish that on May 13, 2014, Pollard was seen walking into a convenience store in Madison with a gun in the pocket of his sweatshirt. Police officers stopped him while he was walking away from the store and located a Rohm .22-caliber revolver in his pocket. When Pollard was interviewed by Madison officers, he admitted to being in possession of the firearm and admitted that he has been addicted to heroin for approximately four years. Between Dec. 2, 2014, and Jan. 2, the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois caught Pollard selling small amounts of heroin on four occasions. During a subsequent search of his residence, a Taurus Judge revolver was found in his bedroom.
The investigation was conducted by the Madison Police Department and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Summers and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Vanessa Lu.