OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
STEPHEN R. WIGGINTON UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
Nine Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208 402 West Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812
|For Immediate Release December 14, 2010||Public Information Officer FAUSA Randy G. M assey (618) 628-3700|
|CENTRALIA MAN SENTENCED FOR CRACK COCAINE OFFENSES|
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 13, 2010, GERALD W. LEE, age 22, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. LEE was sentenced to 120months imprisonment, 5 years of supervised release, and was fined $300.
LEE had previouslypleaded guilty to three Counts in federal indictment, charging him with conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, crack cocaine, and 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 CountySheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois StatePolice, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County State’s Attorney’s Office, 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.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.