Fugitive Leader of Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine into Southern Illinois
James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Kenneth A. Stephenson, age 43, of Jacksonville, Illinois was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment on January 20, 2016 for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.
Stephenson pled guilty to the federal charge on September 16, 2015. At his change of plea hearing, Stephenson admitted that he had possessed about 40 grams of methamphetamine in Venice, Illinois on February 16, 2015. The methamphetamine which Stephenson possessed has a street value of about $5,000.00. Stephenson admitted that he intended to sell the methamphetamine which police recovered from his car.
The investigation which resulted in Stephenson’s arrest and conviction was conducted by the Illinois State Police Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois and by the Venice, Illinois Police Department. The investigation 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.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.