News Release
October 24, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

East St. Louis Man Convicted on Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Marijuana and Possession With Intent to Distribute Crack

OCT 24 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on October 22, 2008, a federal jury in East St. Louis, Illinois, convicted Kenneth THOMAS, a/k/a “Vamp,” age 50, of East St. Louis, Illinois, on one count of conspiracy to distribute over 5 kilograms of cocaine and marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute over 5 grams of cocaine base, commonly referred to as “crack” cocaine.

Upon sentencing, THOMAS faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life, a fine of up to $4 million and at least 5 years supervised release on the conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana charge and faces 5 to 40 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $2 million, and at least 4 years supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for January 26, 2009.

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