GRANITE CITY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COCAINE CONSPIRACY
On August 26, 2011, Rodena Warren, a forty-four year old Granite City, IL woman pled guilty to a one-count Information charging Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute 500 Grams or More of Cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Sentencing is set for December 1, 2011 in East St. Louis, IL. At the time of sentencing, Warren will face potential penalties of 5 to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $2 million, at least 4 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
Rodena Warren admitted in open court that she became a member of a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in the Brooklyn, IL area. Warren agreed to transport cocaine from Dallas, TX, to co-conspirators in the Brooklyn, IL area on at least two occasions. Warren was paid cash in exchange for the transportation of cocaine.
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.
This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.