News Release
March 6, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced To Federal Prison

MAR 6 -- (Benton, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 29, 2008, David T. MORROW, a/k/a “Gucci,” age 34, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois was sentenced in the United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. MORROW was sentenced to 504 months (42 years) imprisonment, fined $500, and placed on 10 years supervised release. MORROW had previously been convicted by a jury on two counts in a federal indictment. MORROW was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of crack cocaine.

The conspiracy began in February 2003, and continued through March 2007, in Jefferson County, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, and Memphis, Tennessee. MORROW was also convicted of one count of using a residence in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, for the purpose of distributing crack cocaine from July 25, 2006, through at least September 20, 2006.

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, the Illinois State Police, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 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 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 A. Norwood.