ST. LOUIS WOMAN GUILTY IN COCAINE CASE
A St. Louis woman who was indicted along with twenty-five other individuals and charged with being a member of a large cocaine distribution organization, has pled guilty on July 27, 2011, in Federal District Court, in East St. Louis, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Saundra Renee Seman, 43, of St. Louis, MO, entered a plea of guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine. Seman also admitted the forfeiture allegation contained in the indictment.
Seman is currently scheduled to be sentenced at 10:00 am on November 17, 2011. She faces a possible maximum sentence of up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of not more than $1 million, a term of supervised release of at least 3 years, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.
Other individuals who were charged in the same indictment are currently awaiting trial. Those individuals are presumed to be innocent of all charges and are entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Evidence in support of the indictment was obtained in an investigation which was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). 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. Participating agencies include the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Marshal Service, the Granite City Police Department, Fairmont City Police Department, Collinsville Police Department, Fairview Heights Police Department, Caseyville Police Department, Pontoon Beach Police Department, Park Hills (Missouri) Police Department, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, and the Illinois State Police. This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey.