Foreign National Sentenced for Being a Member of a Large Cocaine Distribution Organization
A man who was indicted along with twenty-five other individuals and charged with being a member of a large cocaine distribution organization, has been sentenced in federal district court, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Guillermo Barbosa-Ku, 30, a citizen of Mexico, currently in the United States illegally, was sentenced on February 1, 2012, to 120 months (ten years) in prison and five years of supervised release, following his pleas of guilty on October 21, 2011, to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine; and one count of Illegal Entry into the United States Without Inspection. Barbosa-Ku was also ordered to pay a total fine of $750 and a special assessment of $110. In addition, Barbosa-Ku was also ordered to forfeit his interest in $15,900 United States currency seized from him by law enforcement at the time of his arrest, a semiautomatic pistol (plus ammunition), and $236,250 to the United States. The Court also entered a Judicial Order of Removal, which will require that Barbosa-Ku be deported from the United States following his release from prison.
Twenty-four co-conspirators have entered pleas of guilty in the case. Two other individuals who were charged in the same indictment as Barbosa-Ku are currently awaiting trial, which is scheduled to begin in March 2012. They 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.