News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2010
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Caseyville Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution and Conspiracy to
Distribute Cocaine

APR 9 - (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on April 8, 2010, Ace Hart II, age 31, of Caseyville, Illinois, pled guilty to three counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. The violations took place between September 2007 and May 2009, in St. Clair County.

The potential penalties for the conspiracy charge are 5 years’ to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine up to $1 million, and at least 3 years’ mandatory supervised release. The distribution charges carry up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $1 million, and at least 3 years’ mandatory supervised release. Sentencing is set for July 10, 2010 in East St. Louis.

The investigation was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Participating agencies included the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fairmont City Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.