News Release
November 04, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

St. Louis Man Sentenced to 102 Months for Role in
Cocaine Conspiracy

NOV 04 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 3, 2008, Eric MURPHY , age 32, of St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois.

MURPHY , who on July 18, 2008, had pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, was sentenced to 102 months imprisonment, ordered to pay a mandatory special assessment of $100, fined $500, and placed on 5 years of supervised release. MURPHY , at his July 18, 2008 plea, admitted that from September 30, 2007 to October 2, 2007, he had conspired with others to distribute a total of approximately seven kilograms of cocaine in the southern Illinois area.

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.