News Release
December 4, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
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Mt. Vernon Illinois Man Convicted Of Crack Cocaine Distribution

DEC 4 -- (East St. Louis, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 3, 2008, Ronfredrick BOLING, age 28, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, was convicted on all three counts in a federal indictment following a jury trial in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Count 1 charged that on October 3, 2007, BOLING possessed with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. Count 2 charged that on October 18, 2007, BOLING distributed crack cocaine. Count 3 charged that on November 5, 2007, BOLING again distributed crack cocaine. All these events occurred in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

With respect to each Count of the Indictment, BOLING faces a sentence of up to 30 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 6 years.

The investigation in this case was a cooperative effort between the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Illinois State Police 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 Jefferson County State’s 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 Norwood.