Chicago – Attorney General Kwame Raoul today announced his office obtained a guilty plea and 16-year prison sentence in its prosecution of a Chicago man who sold cocaine to an undercover police officer, and attempted to purchase two firearms and a submachine gun.
Malcolm Brown, 35, of Chicago was sentenced in Will County Circuit Court to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class X felony.
“Since taking office, I have made it a priority to use all of the tools at my disposal to address the epidemic of gun violence in our communities,” Raoul said. “I will continue to partner with local law enforcement and federal agencies to identify and hold perpetrators accountable.”
According to Raoul, Brown sold two ounces of cocaine to an undercover police officer on March 19, 2020 in Will County. During the sale, Brown also attempted to arrange the purchase of two Glock pistols and one Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun. Following the drug sale, Brown was taken into custody by officers from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) while he examined the unloaded firearms.
“Yet again, through collaboration with our federal and state partners, our Special Investigations Group played a significant role in holding a drug trafficker accountable,” Lake County Sheriff John D. Idleburg said. “We are grateful to all of the partner agencies involved in keeping our community safe, and thank the Attorney General’s Office for their diligence in the prosecution.”
“This case is an important illustration of how partnership among law enforcement and prosecutors is effective in addressing those who threaten the safety of our community,” said ATF special agent in Charge Christopher Amon of the Chicago Field Division. “I commend the Illinois Attorney General’s Office for their commitment in prosecuting these cases.”
Deputy Bureau Chief Andrew Whitfield prosecuted the case for Raoul’s Special Prosecutions Bureau.