Jamaican Man Sentenced in Marijuana Conspiracy
David Clarke, 56, originally from Jamaica, but who had been living and working in Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced on April 5, 2012, in District Court in East St. Louis on one count of Conspiracy to Distribute 100 Kilograms or More of Marijuana, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Clarke was sentenced to 168 months in prison, 5 years of supervised release, a $1000 fine and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. He also agreed to a forfeiture allegation in excess of $6,000,000. Clarke, who had previously pled guilty to an Information, admitted that he delivered marijuana and received cash payments for the marijuana in furtherance of the conspiracy. Clarke agreed that his conduct in the conspiracy related to at least 700 kilograms (1,540 pounds) of marijuana. The conspiracy took place from in or about 2005, through March, 2008, in Madison County.
The investigation was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), with the Drug Enforcement Administration as the lead agency. 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.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.