News Release
December 11, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Carbondale Illinois Resident Sentenced For Role In Crack Cocaine Conspiracy

DEC 11 -- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 11, 2008, Donald Ray FOULKS, a/k/a “D-Ray,” age 40, of Carbondale, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. FOULKS, who had previously pled guilty to an indictment charging conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment, 8 years supervised release, and was fined $300.

The crack cocaine offense occurred between September 2002 and January 2007 in Jackson and Jefferson Counties. At sentencing, the district court found that FOULKS was responsible for more than 4.5 kilograms of crack cocaine. Additionally, FOULKS sentence was enhanced based on the presence of a firearm. Two co-defendants have previously received sentences of 200 months imprisonment and 120 months imprisonment for their role in the crack cocaine offense.

The investigation conducted in this case was a cooperative effort between the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 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 case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorneys Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.