Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced last Friday that Cristy Davis, 28, formerly of Greenville, and Casey Kistler, 29, of Vandalia, pleaded guilty last Wednesday and Friday, respectively, in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to an indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
The offense carries a penalty of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $8 million and not less than five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
The conspiracy operated between January 2009 and March 11, 2010, in Bond, Fayette and St. Clair counties, according to Wiggington.
Sentencing for both of the individuals is currently scheduled for Jan. 4.
The arrest of Davis and Kistler was the result of an investigation conducted by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and was conducted in cooperation with the Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Also assisting in the investigation were the Bond County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The investigation was conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, a cooperative effort of local, state and federal law enforcement, and state and federal prosecuting authorities, aimed at ridding communities of illegal drugs and guns.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kit Morrissey.