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East St. Louis Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Distribution of Methamphetamine and Money Laundering

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

BENTON, Ill. – Martin Cooper, 31, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced to 210 months in 
prison on Thursday, April 7, 2022, for his role in a Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and 
Money Laundering. The offenses occurred in St. Clair County and throughout the Southern District of 
 Illinois. Cooper pleaded guilty to both charges in October 2021. The United States Postal  
Inspection  Service  initiated  an  investigation  in  January  2019,  after  noticing  numerous 
suspicious packages being sent to and from addresses in East St. Louis, Illinois, and Phoenix, 
Arizona. During the investigation, agents learned that Jose Angulo shipped packages containing 
methamphetamine to the East St. Louis area to Martin Cooper.

According  to  court  documents,  Cooper  admitted  to  receiving  narcotics  from  Jose  and  
Steven Angulo in 2019 and acknowledged a package containing over two kilograms of methamphetamine 
destined for an address in East St. Louis was for him. Cooper also admitted to transferring money 
to the Angulos via Walmart, and by mailing currency and money orders to them.

Jose Angulo was sentenced on March 24, 2022, to 30 years in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute 
Methamphetamine, Money Laundering and Distribution of Methamphetamine.

The  investigation  was  conducted  by  the  United  States  Postal  Inspection  Service,  the  
Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Reppert.

Updated April 11, 2022