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Southern Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Conspiracy Charge

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

Sigifredo Bazan, a resident of the McAllen, Texas area, pled guilty in federal district court this afternoon to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today. Bazan was detained pending sentencing, which is scheduled for June 7, 2016, at 10:30 A.M. before the Honorable Nancy J. Rosenstengel, United States District Judge. Bazan faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, up to a term of life in federal prison, followed by a minimum of five years on supervised release. Bazan also faces a fine of up to $10,000,000 and a special assessment fee of $100.

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 and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Monica A. Stump.

Updated February 9, 2016

Drug Trafficking