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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 Public Information Officer November 22, 2010 FAUSA Randy G. Massey (618) 628-3700

 

COLLINSVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR COCAINE DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 22, 2010, ALEX MOLINA, age 28, of Collinsville, Illinois, was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison for his participation in a cocaine distribution ring. In addition MOLINA was sentenced to a term of five years of supervised release following his release from incarceration, a fine of $200 and a special assessment of $100.

MOLINA pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine on November 9, 2009, in United States District Court in East St. Louis. The conspiracy took place between February 2007 through July 2009, in St. Clair and Madison counties. MOLINA’s co-defendant was sentenced in April 2010.

The investigation was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), with the Drug Enforcement Administration as the lead agency. The OCDETF initiative is designed to bring federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle large national and international drug trafficking organizations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.

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