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Crystal Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to 5 years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

East St. Louis, Ill. – Demarko Hines, 50, of Cahokia Heights, Illinois, was sentenced today to five 
years federal prison for distributing crystal methamphetamine. Hines will also serve a four-year 
term of supervised release following his release from federal prison.
On February 23, 2021, a federal grand jury indicted Hines and his brother, Laquan Hines, for a drug 
transaction  that  occurred  in  August  of  2020.  Demarko  Hines  pled  guilty  on  September  
18,  2021. Laquan Hines remains innocent until proven guilty.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Trippi.

Updated February 18, 2022