Fugitive Leader of Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine into Southern Illinois
Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Andre Walker was sentenced on January 17, 2018, in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, to 108 months in federal prison for one count of delivery of fentanyl, with three years of supervised release to follow the imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment.
Facts revealed in open court at the sentencing and plea hearings established that Walker sold 324.8 grams of fentanyl between August 2016 and April 2017. Agents also discovered a make-shift manufacturing operation at Walker’s home, where he measured fentanyl into individual capsules. Additionally, Walker was arrested in this case while he was in possession of 89.4 grams of pre-packaged fentanyl, more than $3,000 in cash, and a loaded .40 caliber handgun, with a bullet in the chamber and an extended magazine containing 19 bullets. After considering many factors, such as the need to protect the public from dangerous narcotics like fentanyl, the District Court sentenced Walker to 108 months of imprisonment.
The investigation was conducted by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Derek J. Wiseman prosecuted the case.