LATIN KING GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO 210 MONTHS FOR DISTRIBUTING HIGH PURITY METHAMPHETAMINE
Joseph A. Gloria, Jr., 44, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced on April 28, 2011, in United States District Court in Benton to a term of 210 months imprisonment for his role in distributing over 1 ½ pounds of highly pure methamphetamine (referred to as “Crystal” or “Ice”) and over 6 pounds of cocaine in and around McLeansboro, Ill.-, Stephen R. Wigginton, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Specifically, Gloria was charged by a Federal Grand Jury with three counts of distributing methamphetamine and three counts of distributing cocaine to an undercover agent of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force from that agency’s Carmi office. Gloria pled guilty to all six counts on January 25, 2011.
“The terrible effects that methamphetamine produces probably makes it the most destructive illegal drug of all.” United States Attorney Wigginton noted.
Evidence offered in support of the guilty pleas and sentence showed that Gloria was a member of the Latin Kings street gang in Chicago. Also, that while incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections, in 2008, he made plans with another inmate from McLeansboro to begin bringing marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine from Chicago to McLeansboro once they were released. After his release, Gloria made numerous trips for Chicago to McLeansboro to sell drugs. Unknown to Gloria, however, on six of those occasions, between September 11, 2010, and November 30, 2010, Gloria distributed cocaine and methamphetamine to an undercover agent. Subsequent laboratory analysis showed that the methamphetamine that Gloria distributed ranged in purity from 92% to 100%.
In addition to the 210 month term of imprisonment that was imposed, Gloria was ordered to pay the United States fines and special assessments totaling $1200 and was placed on a term of 5 years of supervised release to following his incarceration.
Under federal law, parole has been abolished meaning that Gloria will be required to serve a minimum of 85% of his 210 month sentence.
The investigation into the case is was led by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the Illinois State Police, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. The Hamilton County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation and prosecuted two individuals in related cases in Hamilton County Circuit Court.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.