News Release
December 30, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Mt. Vernon Illinois Crack Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

DEC 30 -- (BENTON, IL) – A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on December 18, 2008, Anthony E. MOORE, a/k/a “Rab,”, age 32, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, was sentenced to life imprisonment in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. MOORE was also fined $1,000 by the Court.

In May 2008, MOORE was convicted following a jury trial of one count of conspiracy to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of crack cocaine. The conspiracy began in October 2002, and continued through March 2007, in Jefferson County, Illinois, and elsewhere. MOORE was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm on January 12, 2007, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

The investigation in this case was a cooperative effort between the Joint Narcotics Unit of

the Mt. Vernon Police Department and 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 is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.