News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Mt. Vernon Illinois Crack Cocaine Dealer
Sentenced to 20 Years Imprisonment

FEB 23 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on February 18, 2009, Tyrone W. JACKSON, age 38, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. JACKSON was sentenced to 240 months (20 years) imprisonment, was fined $10,000, and was placed on 10 years’ supervised release. JACKSON had been previously convicted following a jury trial of four separate counts.

JACKSON was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, two counts of distribution of crack cocaine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The offenses occurred between March 2005 and October 24, 2007, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. A Co-defendant, also of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, was also convicted following a jury trial of one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, one count of distribution of crack cocaine, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The co-defendant’s sentencing is currently scheduled for March 23, 2009, in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois.

The investigation in this case was a cooperative effort between the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The Jefferson County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the case.

Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint and cooperative effort of the United States Attorney’s Office, the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.