News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Caseyville, Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

NOV 13 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 13, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, East St. Louis, Illinois, Alejandro VILLA-GOMEZ, age 27 of Caseyville, Illinois, pled guilty to an Indictment charging him with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute 5 Kilograms or More of Cocaine and Distribution of Cocaine. The statutory penalty applicable to VILLA-GOMEZ is10 years to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4 million, and a term of supervised release of not less than 5 years. Sentencing is currently scheduled for February 12, 2010.

According to the Indictment and to other court documents, the conspiracy operated in and around St. Clair and Madison Counties and elsewhere in the Southern District of Illinois, from approximately 2007 through mid 2009.

The investigation was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which is designed to investigate, dismantle, and prosecute the most serious national and international drug organizations. The evidence for this prosecution was obtained in an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fairmont City Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.