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February 22, 2011

On February 14, 2011, Kenya A. Ganer, a/k/a “K.G.,” 32, of Murphysboro, Ill.-, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois, to 240 months’ imprisonment, 10 years’ supervised release and was fined $600, Stephen R. Wigginton, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced today. Ganer had previously pled guilty to a one-count superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

The factual basis submitted at the time of Ganer’s guilty plea established that, between May,
2007, and April 9, 2010, Ganer was involved with others in the distribution of crack cocaine in Jackson
and Williamson Counties. Ganer supplied dealer amounts of crack cocaine to numerous Carbondale
street level dealers. Ganer also paid persons to allow Ganer to use their residences in order to cook
powder cocaine into crack cocaine. On multiple occasions in August and September, 2009, Ganer sold
crack cocaine to a confidential source working for law enforcement. At sentencing, the district court
found that Ganer was responsible for the distribution of more than 1.7 kilograms of crack cocaine.
Seven co-conspirators have previously been sentenced for their involvement with Ganer and others in
the crack cocaine conspiracy. One co-defendant has pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

The on-going investigation is being led by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro
Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration. In addition, the Jackson County State’s
Attorney’s Office and Southern Illinois Enforcement Group assisted during the investigation. The
investigation 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 is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.






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