After admitting to trafficking narcotics in St. Clair County, Illinois, as well as having crack cocaine with the intention to distribute the substances, a US District Court judge sentenced a Cahokia Heights citizen to 15 years and eight months in a federal jail.
DEA Investigation Leads to Sentencing of Drug Dealer: Felon in Possession of Firearm and Controlled Substance Distribution
The 29-year-old Nickolas Shannon earlier entered pleas of guilty to three charges of drug possession with the intent to sell and one count of felon in possession of a handgun. He will complete five years of supervised release after leaving a federal jail.
“We look into situations like this one because drug trafficking is a brutal industry. The effective investigation and sentence of Nickolas Shannon serves as an illustration that the DEA will go after these lawbreakers in order to prevent the bloodshed that results from felons having access to firearms in addition to stopping the unlawful fentanyl distribution in our neighborhoods.”
DEA officials started looking into Shannon for delivering banned narcotics in December 2021, according to court filings, after receiving information from a secret source. In St. Clair County, Shannon was the seller of 6.883 grams of methamphetamine and 5.4 grams of fentanyl that undercover agents with the DEA purchased twice. Agents quickly executed a search warrant on Shannon’s flat before detaining him.
Agents discovered three loaded and unsecured guns, including an AR-15 rifle, along with cocaine, fentanyl, and drug paraphernalia. Shannon admitted to being a convicted felon in a police interrogation, making it illegal for him to lawfully own a gun. Shannon was found to have distributed about 300 grams of fentanyl, according to further DEA investigation.
The probe was carried out by the DEA.