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February 4, 2011

EZELL A. CURRY, 38, of Centralia, Ill., was sentenced today in United States District Court
in East St, Louis, Ill., to 188 months imprisonment, 6 years of supervised release, and was fined $400,
the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

CURRY had previously pleaded guilty to two counts in a federal indictment. Count 1 charged
that on May 26, 2009, CURRY distributed crack cocaine, and Count 2 charged that on June 2, 2009,
CURRY again distributed crack cocaine.

The investigation was successfully conducted by the cooperative efforts of state, local and federal
law enforcement agencies working together to eliminate drugs and make our communities safer places.
Among these agencies were the Centralia Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department,
the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s
Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 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. This cooperation was accomplished as a result of law enforcement
participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative (PSN). Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint
and cooperative effort of the United States Attorney’s Office, as well as federal, state, and local law
enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.








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