A 53-year-old Madison man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to offenses related to drug trafficking, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton.
Henry David Brooks pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 5, at which time he faces a potential sentence of 10 years to life in prison. Brooks also agreed to forfeit $57,120 to the United States.
Brooks was charged Aug. 22 in an 11-count indictment accusing nine individuals of being members of a large drug trafficking organization.
The trafficking organization was responsible for importing cocaine from Mexico into the United States, where it was taken to Salt Lake City, Utah. From Salt Lake City, the cocaine was transported to the St. Louis metropolitan area where it was distributed by various members of the organization, including some who operated within the Southern Illinois, according to court documents.
Of the nine individuals named in the indictment with Brooks, seven were arrested and are awaiting trial; two remain fugitives.