Caseyville Man Sentenced for Role in Large Cocaine Distribution Organization
A Caseyville 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 to prison, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Francisco Sanchez, 27, of Caseyville, Illinois, who entered a plea of guilty on September 7, 2011, to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine, was sentenced on February 2, 2012, to 37 months in federal prison, followed by a term of three years of supervised release. Sanchez was also ordered to pay a fine of $375 and a special assessment of $100. Sanchez was also ordered to forfeit $37,800 to the United States.
While twenty-five of Sanchez’s co-conspirators have also entered pleas of guilty, one individual who was charged in the same indictment is currently awaiting trial, which is scheduled to begin on March 12, 2012. He is 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.