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St. Louis Resident Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison for Heroin and Cocaine Conspiracy in Southern Illinois

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


A St. Louis resident was sentenced to federal prison on Thursday, May 24, 2018, for his role in the conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine in Southern Illinois and elsewhere.

United States Attorney Donald S. Boyce announced the sentence for the Southern District of Illinois. Defendant Charles Christopher Thirdkill, 48, was sentenced to 168 months in prison, 5 years of supervised release, a $2,000 fine, and a $200 special assessment.

An indictment filed on October 18, 2016, charged Thirdkill and co-defendant Marlon Lee in a two-count indictment with conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, controlled substances and a second count of unlawful distribution of heroin. Co-defendant Lee pleaded guilty and subsequently sentenced to 120 months in prison.

This investigation was conducted as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF initiative brings federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle large national and international drug trafficking organizations. The investigation was conducted by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft.

Updated May 24, 2018

Drug Trafficking