Fugitive Leader of Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine into Southern Illinois
Timothy Edwards, 36, of New Memphis, Illinois, pled guilty on Monday, July 11, 2016, to a three-count Second Superseding Indictment charging him with Conspiracy to Distribute, and Possess with Intent to Distribute, Cocaine and Marihuana, Making a False Statement to a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, and Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises, Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Edwards’ sentencing hearing has been set for October 21, 2016. Edwards faces penalties for Count 1 of no less than 5 years, no more than 40 years in federal prison, a $5,000,000 fine, or both, 4 years supervised release and a $100 special assessment; for Count 2 no more than 5 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years supervised release and a $100 special assessment; and Count 3 no more than 20 years in prison, a fine of no more than $500,000, or both, 3 years supervised release and a $100 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deirdre A. Durborow.