Crime

East St. Louis man gets nine years in prison for conspiring to rob cocaine stash house

Christopher Jenkins, 42, of East St. Louis will spend nine years in prison after he was sentenced Friday on charges that he and two other men were armed with loaded guns and conspired to steal cocaine from a stash house.

According to a statement from Southern Illinois U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton’s office, Jenkins and two other men in July 2013 agreed to try to rob a cocaine stash house of 15 kilograms of cocaine they believed was inside.

Jenkins and one of the other men were armed with loaded guns when federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, who knew about their plan to commit the theft, arrested them in St. Louis.

Following Jenkins’ release from prison, he will be on probation for five years.

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