Fugitive Leader of Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine into Southern Illinois
On May 24, 2018, Garrick E.R. Recker, a/k/a "Curtis Lowe," 28, of Lenzburg, Illinois, was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine offense, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today. Recker previously pled guilty to a one-count second superseding indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. His sentence includes eight years of supervised release and a $600.00 fine.
The indictment alleged that the offense occurred between 2015 and April 2017, in Perry, Randolph, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Recker was involved with numerous other persons in the distribution of ice in southern Illinois. Ice is methamphetamine with a purity level of at least 80%. At sentencing, the district court found that Recker was responsible for the distribution of over three kilograms of ice. Recker’s sentence was enhanced because he recklessly endangered others during an October 2016 pursuit in Monroe County.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Drug Tactical Unit, Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois, Chester Police Department, Coulterville Police Department, Belleville Police Department, Lenzburg Police Department, Perry County (Missouri) Sheriff’s Office, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph County States Attorney’s Office and the Monroe County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.