News Release
September 25, 2007
Thomas Murphy

Mt. Vernon Resident Sentenced in Crack Cocaine Offense

SEP 25 -- Mt. Vernon, IL. - Preston L. Grubbs, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) St. Louis Field Division, and Randy G. Massey, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on September 20, 2007, JOSHUA LIDDELL, age 23, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, was re-sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. LIDDELL was re-sentenced following a remand from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, to 240 months imprisonment (20 years), 8 years supervised release, and was fined $200.

LIDDELL had pleaded guilty to two counts of knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. The offenses occurred in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on May 9, 2003, and November 22, 2005.

The investigation in this case was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. In addition, the Jefferson County States Attorney’s Office has assisted throughout the investigation.

Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint and cooperative effort of the United States Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and Illinois State Police directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.