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February 10, 2011

LaToya M. McDaniel, 24, of Murphysboro, Illinois, was sentenced today in United States District
Court in Benton, Illinois, to 120 months’ imprisonment, 5 years’ supervised release, and fined $150, the
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
McDaniel had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging her with conspiracy to distribute
crack cocaine.

Evidence showed the violation took place between May, 2007, and October, 2009, in Jackson
and Williamson Counties. Specifically, the factual basis at McDaniel’s change of plea setting
established that McDaniel was a “runner” and would routinely obtain crack cocaine for herself and
others. McDaniel often obtained crack cocaine from co-conspirator Kenya Ganer for redistribution to
others (Ganer has pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and is scheduled to be sentenced
on February 14, 2011). At McDaniel’s sentencing, the district court found that McDaniel was
responsible for the distribution of approximately 266 grams of crack cocaine. The investigation was
conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug
Enforcement Administration, and was conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods DRAGUN
Team Initiative, a cooperative effort of local, state, and federal law enforcement, and state and federal
prosecuting authorities, aimed at ridding communities of illegal drugs and guns.

The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.







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