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Foreign National Sentenced For Role In large Cocaine Distribution Organization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2012

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 in federal district court on May
31, 2012, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton,
announced today.

Victor Alberto Montalvo-Perez, 31, a citizen of Mexico, who is currently in the United States
illegally, was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment, followed by 2 years of supervised release, as
a result of his previous pleas of guilty, on January 21, 2012, 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. Montalvo-Perez was sentenced to pay a $750 fine and a $110 special
assessment. Montalvo-Perez was also ordered to forfeit $122,220 to the United States. In addition,
a Judicial Order of Removal was entered, which will require Montalvo-Perez 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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