An East Alton man will be heading to prison after pleading guilty to federal drug and money laundering charges. 33-year-old Demarcus L. Freeman pleaded guilty to two counts of Distribution of Cocaine Base (crack cocaine), Possession with Intent to Deliver, and money laundering on August 7. A federal judge has sentenced him to 151 months in prison.
Freeman was arrested in July of 2013 following a traffic stop in Bethalto. Police seized 9 grams of crack cocaine, and he later admitted to laundering the proceeds of his dealings through a bank account he had set up in a relative's name. Over $10,000 was seized from that account. The judge referred to Freeman as a "career offender" and noted he has numerous prior felony convictions for dealing drugs and domestic battery.