News Release
November 15, 2007
DEA Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced To Federal Prison On Crack Cocaine Convictions

NOV 15 -- (Benton, IL) - Randy G. Massey, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 15, 2007, OSCAR J. MONTGOMERY, Jr., age 23, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, was sentenced in the United States District Court in Benton, Illinois.

MONTGOMERY was sentenced to 288 months imprisonment, was fined $600, and was placed on 8 years supervised release. MONTGOMERY had previously pleaded guilty to federal indictment charging him with two counts of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.

The investigation in this case was a cooperative effort between the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, 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, the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.