Fugitive Leader of Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine into Southern Illinois
On January 26, 2018, Jason M. Stoker, 35, of Chester, pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today. The offense occurred between June 2016 and October 31, 2016, in Randolph County. The methamphetamine offense carries a maximum penalty of ten years to life imprisonment, to be followed by at least five years of supervised release, and a $10,000,000 fine. Stoker is currently being held without bond pending a May 11, 2018, sentencing hearing.
The investigation was conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Chester Police Department, Illinois State Police, Cape Girardeau, Missouri Police Department, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, United States Marshals Service, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorneys Amanda A. Robertson and Adam E. Hanna for prosecution.