East St. Louis man gets 25 years for weapons, drug charges

1 year 4 months 1 week ago January 14, 2016 Jan 14, 2016 Thursday, January 14 2016 Thursday, January 14, 2016 4:23:07 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

EAST ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man who authorities say was a gang leader in East St. Louis has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for multiple drug and weapons offenses.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 40-year-old Ayiko Paulette was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to distribute narcotics, running a drug house, possessing firearms as a felon, interstate racketeering and conspiring to obstruct justice.

Police say they recovered weapons at a house in East St. Louis that had been the scene of a gang shootout in March 2013.

Investigators say Paulette was a leader of the Waverly Crips gang until 2014. They say that while he was in jail, he directed associates to intimidate a witness.

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