News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Arizona Man Sentenced for Marijuana Distribution Conspiracy Case

SEP 28 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that, Sergio A. VALLES age 26, of Tuscon, Arizona was sentenced on Friday, September 25, 2009, in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois to 87 months imprisonment for “Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana in Excess of 1000 Kilograms.”

VALLES is one of thirteen defendants convicted in the marijuana distribution conspiracy. According to evidence presented when VALLES entered a guilty plea, VALLES was part of a group that transported large shipments of Mexican marijuana from Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona to St. Louis, Missouri; East St. Louis, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; and Lima, Ohio. At these locations, the marijuana was then divided and consigned to local distributors. After marijuana had been sold in these locations, the cash proceeds from the marijuana sales were transported back to Arizona. This marijuana distribution scheme operated between 2001 and mid - 2007.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.