Man Sentenced On Crack Cocaine Conspiracy
On September 10, 2013, Percy C. Jefferson, 35, of Pembrook, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton on an indictment charging conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.
Jefferson, who had previously pled guilty to the crack cocaine conspiracy was sentenced to 240 months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, and fined $300. The offense occurred between February 2003 and April 27, 2006, in Jackson and Jefferson Counties. Jefferson had been a fugitive until September 12, 2012, when he was arrested by members of the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Jefferson was involved with others in the distribution of crack cocaine in the Murphysboro area. At sentencing, the district court found that Jefferson was responsible for the distribution of 6 kilograms of crack cocaine. Eight co-defendants have previously been sentenced to prison terms ranging from 120 months - 288 months for their role in the crack cocaine conspiracy.
The investigation was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation and was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Marshals Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.