News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314) 538-4670

East St. Louis Man Convicted of Drug and Firearm Offenses

AUG 20-- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on August 19, 2010, REGINALD MOSES, age 25, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was convicted at the conclusion of a three-day trial by a jury in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence; interference with commerce by threats or violence; and of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The violations took place on June 15, 2009, in Madison County, Illinois. MOSES is currently scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on December 6, 2010.

The evidence at trial showed that MOSES and others robbed a drug dealer at gunpoint and took
over 600 grams of crack cocaine from the drug dealer’s house. After the robbery, a vehicle chase
ensued, in which the victim drug dealer chased the robbers’ vehicle through multiple counties, and MOSES fired shots at the drug dealer’s vehicle.

Each of the counts of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence, and of
interference with commerce by threats or violence carries penalties of up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to$250,000, or both, up to 3 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Because the firearm was discharged, the offense of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence carries with it penalties of at least 10 years’ imprisonment consecutive to any sentence imposed on the other counts, not more than $250,000 fine, up to 5 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Alton Police Department, the Granite City
Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.