News Release
October 27, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314) 538-4660

Dowell Illinois Man Sentenced For Drug And Firearms Violations

OCT 27 -- (East St. Louis, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on October 24, 2008, Richard M. DALTON, age 37, of Dowell, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. DALTON, who had previously pled guilty to a two-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment, five years supervised release, and was fined $600. One co-defendant was previously sentenced to 135 months for his involvement in the methamphetamine conspiracy.

Evidence supporting the guilty pleas and sentencing established that between October 2005 and February 20, 2007, DALTON and others were obtaining multi-pound amounts of methamphetamine from Texas. The methamphetamine was then distributed in Memphis, Tennessee, and in Union and Jackson Counties in the Southern District of Illinois. During a December 31, 2006, search of DALTON’s Dowell, Illinois, residence, officers located a firearm a drug paraphernalia.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Marshals Service, and Drug Enforcement Administration pursuant to those agencies’ participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The goal of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is to remove illegal guns and drugs from our communities. Under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors are working together to prosecute drug dealers, felons in possession of firearms, and criminals that use firearms to commit violent offenses or drug trafficking offenses in the system that will get them the most time. The Texas Department of Public Safety also assisted in the investigation.

The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.