News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Lovejoy Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

MAR 19 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on March 18, 2009, Maurice S. HAMILTON, age 27, of Lovejoy, Illinois pled guilty to two counts (Counts 1 and 2) of distribution of five grams or more of “crack” cocaine, and one count (Count 3) of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of “crack” cocaine.

The violations set forth in Counts 1 and 2 occurred on August 3 and August 8, 2007, when HAMILTON sold in excess of five grams of cocaine base, in the form commonly known as “crack” cocaine, to a confidential informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration. The violation set forth

in Count 3 occurred on August 14, 2007, when HAMILTON was stopped by local police officers, at the request of the Drug Enforcement Administration, while HAMILTON was heading to a meeting with the confidential informant to sell an additional amount of “crack” cocaine. Over five grams of “crack” cocaine, as well as a small amount of powder cocaine, was recovered from the car in which HAMILTON was riding.

Each count carries with it a penalty of a term of imprisonment of not less than five (5) years up to forty (40) years’ imprisonment, a fine of not more than $2 million dollars, or both, and a term of supervised release of at least four (4) years. Sentencing is scheduled for June 22, 2009, in East St. Louis, Illinois.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.