An East St. Louis man was sentenced Friday to 5 years and 10 months in federal prison for crack cocaine distribution after he sold more than 5 grams of the substance to an informant.Had Hopkins been peddling plain old blow, it would've taken 500 grams of the stuff to get the 5+ year sentence. Instead, police had a snitch purchase just over 5 grams of crack in order to trigger the exact same mandatory minimum sentence Durbin is trying to change.
Tommie Lee Hopkins, 49, was sentenced for two counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base, in the form commonly known as "crack cocaine," according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The violations occurred July 24, 2006 and Feb. 6, 2007. Hopkins pleaded guilty to the offense Aug. 12.
Hopkins' time in prison will be followed by four years' supervised release. He also will have to pay a $200 special assessment fee and $700 fine.
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