A 36-year-old East St. Louis man will serve 30 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, according to U. S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton.
Cortez L. Wooten, 36, was re-sentenced Thursday in federal court for possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine-base crack. The sentence also calls for him to serve eight years of probation.
The re-sentencing stems from a previous jury trial conviction in March 2011, where evidence showed that members of the Working Against Violent Elements team saw Wooten driving in East St. Louis. The team knew Wooten was wanted on a previously-issued warrant.
Upon stopping Wooten, the team discovered in excess of 50 grams of crack cocaine, a scale and money indicative of Wooten's sale of the drug. The re-sentencing was mandated as part of the Fair Sentencing Act.