News Release
September 17, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

St. Louis Man Sentenced on Cocaine Conspiracy Charge

SEP 17 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on September 15, 2008, LAMONT JOHNSON, a/k/a “L-Money,” , age 43, of St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois, for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. JOHNSON pled guilty to the offense on May 29, 2008. JOHNSON was sentenced to 100 months of imprisonment; five (5) years supervised release; fined $650; and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

At the time of the guilty plea, JOHNSON admitted to taking part in an organization that imported cocaine from Mexico to the Metro-East. JOHNSON assisted in unloading approximately 15 kilograms of cocaine and distributing or attempting to distribute 4 kilograms of cocaine.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.