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Friday, March 13, 2015

Georgia Man Sentenced For Part In Heroin Conspiracy

A Georgia man, convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Interstate and Foreign Travel or Transportation in Aid of Racketeering Enterprises, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison on March 13, 2015, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Javier De Jesus Rodriguez, 31, of Norcross, Georgia, received a 21 month sentence for offenses which occurred in the Southern District of Illinois, Georgia, and the country of Columbia. Rodriguez had previously pled guilty to those offenses on December 17, 2014. Following release from imprisonment, Rodriguez will serve a 3 year term of supervised release. Watson was also ordered to pay a $200 fine and a $200 special assessment.

Evidence in support of this prosecution 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. Agencies participating in this case include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, and the United States Marshals Service,. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deirdre A. Durborow.

Updated March 16, 2015