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East St. Louis Man Sentenced to 33 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering

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

BENTON, Ill. – Eugene Falls, 42, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced on March 31, 2022, to 
405 months’   imprisonment   for   Conspiracy   to   Distribute   and   Possess   with   Intent   
to   Distribute Methamphetamine,  Heroin,  and  Cocaine;  Attempted  Possession  with  the  Intent  
to  Distribute Methamphetamine;  Distribution  of  Heroin;  and  Money  Laundering.    Falls  was  
convicted  of  all charges by a jury on December 2, 2021.   The jury also found that Falls had a 
prior drug conviction that subjected him to an enhanced sentence.
Evidence  established  during  the  trial  and  sentencing  hearing  demonstrated  that  from  
between December  2018  through  March  2019,  Falls  was  responsible  for  receiving  or  
distributing  over  19 pounds of methamphetamine and 4 kilograms of heroin in the Southern District 
of Illinois, and he laundered drug proceeds to conceal his drug distribution operation. He was 
arrested in March 2019 during a deal in which he was attempting to receive another ten pounds of 

Falls was previously convicted in the Southern District of Illinois for Conspiracy to Distribute 
Cocaine Base and Distribution of Cocaine Base, and he was still on supervised release for that case 
at the time he committed these new offenses. At the sentencing hearing, Falls faced a mandatory 
minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment as a result of that prior offense. He will be required to serve a 
new 10-year term of supervised release once he completes this term of imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service,
Criminal Investigation.

Updated March 31, 2022

Drug Trafficking