News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 15, 2012
Contact: Owen Putman
Number: 312-886-2597

Multiple 10 Year Sentences for Anderson Cocaine Trafficker

March 15 (Indianapolis, IN) Jack Riley, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announced today that Tony Currie, age 38, of Anderson, Indiana has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker to 121 months in prison. Currie was sentenced following his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Judge Barker also sentenced Currie to 120 months in prison, to be served concurrently, based upon Currie’s guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“The sentencing by Judge Barker brings to a close another team win for Madison County,” Hogsett said. “Working together, we’re making Anderson safer and sending a powerful message that there are serious consequences for those that sell drugs or illegally arm themselves in this community.”

Court documents indicate that a collaborative investigation into Currie’s drug trafficking activities was launched by the DEA and the Madison County Drug Task Force, in March. During the course of the investigation, agents/officers were able to monitor and document Currie’s drug trafficking activities, and a warrant was issued for his arrest in May 2010.

A search of Currie’s home at that time revealed that he was in possession of a .38 caliber Special Smith & Wesson revolver. Currie’s criminal history included a prior felony conviction for carrying a handgun without a license, and as such he was not legally permitted to possess a firearm. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle P. Brady, who prosecuted the case for the government, Judge Barker also imposed 5 years supervised release following Currie’s release from prison, and a $750 fine.

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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