News and Press Releases

CENTRALIA MAN SENTENCED TO 120 MONTHS ON CRACK COCAINE CHARGES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2011

A Centralia, Illinois man, convicted of distributing crack cocaine, was sentenced to 120 months (10 years), in federal prison on March 24, 2011, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

James M. Strowder, 21, of Centralia, Illinois, previously pleaded guilty to a three-count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in East. St. Louis, Illinois. Count 1 charges that between April 2009, and October 2009, in Marion County, Strowder engaged in a conspiracy to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of crack cocaine. Count 2 charges that on May 21, 2009, Strowder distributed crack cocaine. Count 3 charges that on May 26, 2009, Strowder distributed crack cocaine.

At sentencing, the District Judge noted that Strowder’s pretrial bond had been revoked because Strowder had continued to distribute crack cocaine while on bond.

The investigation was conducted by the Centralia Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, 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, and other law enforcement agencies pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint and cooperative effort of the United States Attorney’s Office, and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities.

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

 

 

Return to Top

USAO Homepage
USAO Briefing Room
Stay Connected: Visit us on Twitter
Victim Witness

Click here for information in multiple victim cases.

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Our nation-wide commitment to reducing gun crime in America.

Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee

Training and seminars for Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.

Project Safe Childhood

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.