Foreign National Sentenced for Cocaine Distribution
A man who was indicted along with twenty-five other individuals and charged with being a member of a large cocaine distribution organization, was sentenced on May 3, 2012, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Jose Luis Garcia, 25, a citizen of Guatemala, who is currently in the United States illegally, was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release following his previous pleas of guilty 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. Garcia was sentenced to pay a $625 fine and a $110 special assessment. Garcia was also ordered to forfeit $146,580 to the United States. In addition, a Judicial Order of Removal was entered, which will require Garcia to be deported from the United States following his release from prison.
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 was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey.