Texas man pleads guilty to cocaine conspiracy charges

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – A Desoto, Texas man could spend the rest of his life in federal prison after admitting to drug conspiracy charges, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said Wednesday.

According to prosecutors, 42-year-old Stacy Harden pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine on October 6. He’ll be sentenced January 22, 2016.

In October 2010, an informant contacted the DEA to inform them Harden was in the greater St. Louis area and attempting to sell a large amount of cocaine. DEA agents tracked Harden to houses in O’Fallon and Swansea in Illinois, where he appeared to make drug transactions.

Fairview Heights police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Harden after this, but Harden drove off and began tossing items out the window. Harden was eventually caught following a brief car chase. Authorities seized approximately four kilos of cocaine and Harden later admitted to having a total of seven kilos of cocaine at one point.

Harden faces a sentence ranging between 10 years and life imprisonment, as well as a fine of up to $10 million, and five years of probation.