News Release
January 21, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced for Distributing Crack Cocaine

JAN 21 -- (BENTON, IL) - Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on January 15, 2009, Derek DIXON, JR., a/k/a “D-Dix,”, age 29, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. DIXON was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years supervised release. DIXON was also ordered to pay a $200 fine. DIXON had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of crack cocaine. Those distributions took place on September 14 and 15, 2006 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

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