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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Foreign National for Controlled Substances and Immigraton Offenses

August 29, 2012

A Federal Grand Jury sitting in East St. Louis, has returned a three count indictment charging controlled substance and immigration offenses the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Abel Camacho-Ortega, 42, a citizen of Mexico who most recently resided in Granite City, Illinois, was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine (Count 1); Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine (Count 2); and Illegal Entry into the United States Without Inspection (Count 3).

Counts 1 and 2 each carry a minimum of five years and a maximum of forty years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000,000, a minimum of four years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100, upon conviction. If convicted on Count 3, the Defendant faces a maximum penalty of six months in prison, a fine of $5000, up to one year of supervised release, and a $10 special assessment.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is 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), the Granite City Police Department, and the Fairview Heights Police Department. This case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey for prosecution.











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