News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 09, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314) 538-4670

Centralia Man Sentenced on Crack Cocaine Charges

NOV 09 - (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on November 5, 2010, VICTOR L. HAWTHORNE, age 30, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, to 63 months imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, and was fined $200. HAWTHORNE had previously pled guilty to an indictment charging him with two counts of distribution of crack cocaine.

The investigation was conducted by the Centralia Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County State’s Attorney’s Office, the United States Secret Service, the United States Marshal Service, and other law enforcement agencies pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint and cooperative effort of the United States Attorney’s Office, and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities.