Man sentenced for drug conspiracy, firearm offenses

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – A 42-year-old East St. Louis man was sentenced Friday to nine years in federal prison for his role in a July 2013 plot to rob a local drug house, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said.

According to court documents, Christopher Jenkins and two men agreed to steal at least 15 kilograms of cocaine from a drug house stash. Jenkins and another co-defendant brought two firearms with them as part of the robbery.

ATF agents arrested the trio in St. Louis.

Jenkins was charged in East St. Louis and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of carrying firearms in furtherance of a drug crime.

Since there is no parole in the federal prison system, Jenkins will serve all 108 months of his sentence. He must also serve five years of supervised release.