Centralia Man Indicted On Crack Cocaine Charges
MAR 22 -- (East St. Louis, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on March 18, 2010, JAMES M. STROWDER, age 19, of Centralia, Illinois, was charged in a three-count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in East. St. Louis, Illinois. STROWDER was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of crack cocaine, and two counts of distribution of crack cocaine.
The conspiracy carries a possible penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4 million and a term of supervised release of at least 5 years. Each of the distribution counts carry a possible penalty of up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years.
The investigation was conducted by the Centralia Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County State’s Attorney’s Office, the United States Secret Service, the United States Marshal Service, and other law enforcement agencies pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint and cooperative effort of the United States Attorney’s Office, and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood for prosecution.