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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Conspiracy Charges

Woodrow Rutherford, 72, from Houston, Texas, pled guilty in federal district court, in East St. Louis, Illinois, to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and one count of Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Rutherford will be sentenced on October 8, 2015, at 9 a.m. before Chief Judge Michael J. Reagan. Facts presented in court revealed that Rutherford drove from Texas to Chicago at the behest of drug organization to collect money from the sale of marijuana. After collecting approximately $103,000 in drug proceeds, Rutherford then traveled through Madison County, Illinois, where his vehicle was stopped by law enforcement officials and the drug proceeds recovered.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.

Updated June 11, 2015