Jamaican Man Sentenced for His Part in Marijuana Conspiracy
Mark Clarke, (35), originally from Jamaica, but who had been living and working in Kansas City, MO, was sentenced on January 27, 2012, in District Court in East St. Louis, IL, 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 46 months in prison, 2 years of supervised release, a $250 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, had 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 400 kilograms (825 pounds) of marijuana. The conspiracy took place from in or about 2005 through March 2008, in Madison County, IL.
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.